Fraud Awareness Tips for Buying Paddle Boards
Because there is no foolproof way to prevent fraud, awareness is the best defense. Please review our tips below, and use your best judgment in all transactions. Help us stop fraud. If you receive a suspicious email or are the victim of a scam, email us as described below and contact the appropriate law enforcement authorities right away.
- Step 1: If you are the victim of a scam, please contact us and provide as much information about your particular situation as possible.
- Step 2: Forward any suspicious emails to us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t change the subject line or send it as an attachment because doing so could prevent us from identifying trends and preventing similar scams.
- Step 3: File a complaint with the Internet Fraud Complaint Center (http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx) to inform federal and state law enforcement agencies. We strongly recommend that you report fraud to local law enforcement as well. We support law enforcement agencies in the prosecution of Internet criminals and work diligently to prevent fraud.
We don’t own, buy or sell paddle boards listed on our site.
TradePaddleboards.com is an online paddle board listing service that connects paddle board buyers with sellers. We are not a paddle board dealer. Any listing information about a particular paddle board comes directly from the seller–not from us. If you receive an email that implies we’re selling or buying a paddle board, please report it to us and to law enforcement. It’s most certainly a scam.
We don’t offer paddle board warehousing or shipping services.
Any email that requests a deposit or payment for a shipment of a paddle board stored in an TradePaddleboards.com warehouse is a scam. TradePaddleboards.com does not own a warehouse, and we don’t ship paddle boards. Simply put, we don’t get involved in transactions between buyers and sellers (see more below). There are many reputable warehousing and shipping services that can make long-distance transactions easy. Just be sure to check out the services proposed on your own.
We don’t get involved in transactions between buyers and sellers.
TradePaddleboards.com doesn’t guarantee or endorse transactions, and we don’t have preferred or pre-approved buyers or sellers. We’ll never encourage you to buy any particular paddle board listed on TradePaddleboards.com or to sell your paddle board to any particular buyer. If you receive a suspicious email such as the ones described above, report it to us and to law enforcement.
We don’t ask you for personal or financial information via email.
Online fraud often begins with a spoof email requesting financial information. These spoof, or scam, emails often impersonate a reputable company such as TradePaddleboards.com by illegally displaying a company’s name, logo or trademark. The intent is to deceive customers into revealing information such as:
- Social security number
- Bank account number
- Bank routing number
- Credit card number
The only time we’ll ever request your credit card information is when you’re in the process of purchasing an ad on our website. We will not take down your listing purchased through our traditional website because you don’t provide account information. If you receive an email that asks for the kinds of information listed above, don’t respond. Instead, report the email to us and to law enforcement.
We don’t inspect paddle boards listed on our website for damage.
Paddle boards get ding’d and scratched. It’s up to buyers to perform the proper due diligence to understand the condition of paddle boards before buying them.
Common-Sense Advice for Buyers
Buying a paddle board you find online is a lot like buying through a classified ad in the newspaper. In either case, use your best judgment.
- Know the market value
- Be suspicious of a paddle board priced significantly below market value. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Inspect the paddle board
- Schedule an inspection with the seller so you can fully understand the condition of the paddle board before committing to purchase.
- Confirm contact information
- Before you send payment, verify the seller’s street address and phone number- an email address is not enough. ZIP codes, area codes and addresses should match up. Be wary if the seller is located overseas.
- Use email wisely
- Avoid sending sensitive personal or financial information (such as your social security number, credit card number or checking account number) to a seller via email. Remember that email communications are not secure and can be easily forwarded to others.