It’s easy to find great deals for all kinds of mobile devices by going to garage sales and online auction sites. However, the challenge with this is the fact that many of those great deals may not have an actual product attached. Or they may come with an actual product but that product is in fact a knock off or hacked copy. Here are some of the most common signs that you’re dealing with a scammer.
Unwilling to Show You the Product
More and more sellers are starting to offer live feed of their products or sign onto Skype for a phone conversation with the camera running. This way they can show the product and then show that everything works as advertised. Ask for this option if someone offers to sell iPod Touch or something similar. If they aren’t able to Skype, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but if they aren’t willing to show you actual pictures that were recently taken, consider it a warning sign. If you are able to visit him in person, then ask to see the device in a neutral location. Don’t be surprised if the seller is somewhat hesitant since you could be a thief. But if he is not willing to let you check it out at all or in any way, then you should be concerned.
Only Shows the iPod in the Box
Be concerned also if the pictures that he shows you are only of the iPod in the box or a stock photograph. Neither of these alone are bad things, but if that is all that he will let you see, that doesn’t count as letting you see the product. It’s a common scam for those who sell iPod Touch or similar products to show the box or a stock photo and pretend that it is what they have. Look for photos or video feed that confirms it’s an actual product shown at that precise time.
Wants Cash Only
You should also be concerned if the individual insists that the only way he is going to sell iPod Touch is if you give him cash. This is particularly problematic when you’re making the purchase online. Most online auction sites do not allow cash transfers. Transactions have to be conducted through PayPal or some other online financial transfer service. The reason that they insist on this is to protect you and the seller. Cash cannot be traced. Legitimate sellers will accept checks, money orders, or PayPal type transfers.