Skip to main navigationSkip to News Headlines
Global Navigation
Office of The Attorney General
OAG Home
OAG Home Superintendent's Bio
Superintendent's Bio
NJSP Home
> NJSP Home  |  > News Releases
 
2011 New Jersey State Police News Releases NJSP Badge
     Archives  

NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE
OFFICIAL NEWS RELEASE

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Office of Public Information (609) 882-2000
Lt. Stephen Jones - ext. 6513
SFC. Julian Castellanos - ext. 6515
Sgt. Brian Polite - ext. 6514

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 25, 2011


Beware of Dubious On-line Sales
NJSP Cyber Crimes Tips for Online Buyers

In order to get the most value for holiday shopping, many people are going off the beaten path of mainstream online vendors. The New Jersey State Police Cyber Crimes Unit detectives routinely receive complaints of citizens ripped off by crooks on the web. Many of these crimes can be avoided if consumers follow some common sense advice.

When buying through popular auction web sites, many purchases are paid for with protected and secure systems. Avoid vendors that encourage you to complete transactions outside of this framework, such as by paying with wire transfers. This often ends in disaster for the hopeful shopper.

Be very careful about dealing with sellers from free posting sites who refer to themselves as "agents" of auction web sites. There is very little to protect you from a seller who fails to deliver the goods if you pay by money order or wire transfer. If you use free posting sites to find your presents, try to deal with local people who will deal with you face to face.

Do not fall for foreign buyers who offer you above your asking price, pay with checks, and want you to ship items overseas. This is often part of a well-practiced scam.

Avoid snap decisions on purchases from people who claim they need the money fast. Those transactions leave you with no recourse in the event that something goes wrong.

Simply put, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. For instance, if someone is offering a new touchpad computer for way below the going rate, it's likely broken, stolen, or will not be delivered.

The New Jersey State Police wish online shoppers a secure buying season.

# # #

Back | Top  
   
Contact Us | Privacy Notice | Legal Statement | Accessibility Statement spacer
NJ Home Logo
Divisional: NJSP Home | Contact NJSP | About NJSP | NJSP News | NJSP FAQs | Recruiting
Departmental: OAG Home | Contact OAG | About OAG | OAG News | OAG FAQs
Statewide: NJ Home | Services A to Z | Departments/Agencies | FAQs
Copyright State of New Jersey
The State of New Jersey Office of The Attorney General (Dept. of Law & Public Safety) The State of New Jersey NJ Home Services A to Z Departments/Agencies OAG Frequently Asked Questions