It’s possible to be scammed when you’re selling. Rare but possible.
Here are some tips to keep you safe and in pocket.
- Meet the buyer in person. Things usually go smoother if they check the item before handing over their money.
- Check bank notes before you accept them. Make sure they're real.
- Confirm you’ve received payment if you’re posting the item and getting paid online. An honest buyer should want to use a secure method of payment, so you’ll have ways to do this.
- Some 'buyers' will pretend to have over-paid you. Be aware of this trick. If you're asking for £100 (for example), they'll pretend to have sent you £140 by mistake and ask you to refund the difference. In reality they wouldn't have sent any money at all, and will have robbed you of £40. Read more about Fake Payments here.
- Message through Gumtree. Alarm bells should ring if you get a strange message or request from someone away from the site.
- Don’t show ticket barcodes. If you’re planning to sell tickets online, cover any barcodes. Otherwise someone might copy and use them. Especially e-tickets.