Known Scam: Bargain Items for Gift Cards

Be on the lookout
If you are shopping for vehicles, electronics, or other high-value items, please be extra cautious. Deals that seem too good to be true, probably are. 

These scammers typically claim to be posting these items on behalf of a friend or family member, and ask interested parties to contact the owner at another email address. When contacted outside of, they then request payment in the form of gift cards, but do not deliver on the sale.

This is a known scam tactic recognized by the Federal Trade Commission.

Warning signs
Possible warning signs include sellers:

  • Offering items at prices “too good to be true”.
  • Posting similar or exact items posted by other sellers.
  • Claiming to be offering an item on behalf of a third-party.
  • Asking to be contacted outside of to discuss specifics.
  • Requesting payment by gift card or other obscure payment method.
  • Stating that they are out of the area but can ship the item to you.

Protecting yourself

We encourage all members to read our general tips on how to avoid fraud, phishing and spam. With this specific scam, we also want members to make note of the following:

  • Password security: Scammers use login data stolen from other websites to impersonate neighbors, either by creating new accounts under their name, or by logging into accounts of existing community members. If you use the same password and email combination on that you use on other websites, your information is at risk of being used in this or other scams. You should immediately change your password to something you have never used before.

Reporting possible scammers
If you encounter a poster that you believe is participating in this or any other scam, please report their post to your neighborhood Leads and report the member to Support. If you have fallen victim to this scam, in addition to reporting the member to us, report the issue to local law enforcement.

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