Online Fraud Alert

Harp Column classified advertisers should be aware of potential scams involving fake cashier’s checks. Here are some common red flags to be aware of:

  • You receive an email offering to buy your instrument, but buyer does not seem interested in details about your harp.
  • Scams often pretend to involve a third party (buying agent, business associate, etc.).
  • Buyer offers to send a cashier’s check as a deposit for your harp.
  • Value of cashier’s check often far exceeds your item (many times, the payment is in the form of several cashier’s checks, all for less than $1,000).
  • The buyer asks you to wire the balance via a money transfer service. Banks will cash fake checks but will hold you responsible when the check fails to clear, which often doesn’t happen until after you have wired the “balance” to the buyer’s “agent”.

As always, be vigilant when buying or selling anything online. If something seems suspicious, it probably is. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Please notify us at info@harpcolumn.com if you receive any suspicious offers regarding your classified ad listings.