PennySaverUSA.com is airing out some dirty laundry. We have something not-so-pleasant to talk about, but we want to make sure our fans always have the best experience possible. So we’re just going to say it, some of the ads on our site are created by scammers. Ugh! Luckily, we have a hardworking team, who spends hours upon hours scouring our ads and banishing scammers into cyber world oblivion.
Unfortunately, there are always new ones entering the field, old ones changing up their game, and real people who get hurt for falling into their trap.
We want to give you the tools to be protected from scammer ads and aid us in winning the war against the scammer bullies.
So when looking at ads on PennySaverUSA.com, keep an eye out for these red flags for scammers:
- Ads in the wrong category. If a listing is posted in a category that’s completely from left field, it is most likely a scam. For instance, if you are searching garage sales and puppies come up – that is a big red flag! Turn away from those puppies and their pink noses – they are scammers in disguise.
- Prices are missing or way below market price. Like the saying goes, “when it’s too good to be true, it usually is,”. Don’t fall for ads that promise you the cutest purebred puppy for $100 when it’s typically thousands of dollars more. These are hands-down scams.
- Incorrect grammar, misspellings, and awful punctuation. There should be some leeway with this one, since everyone makes spelling errors once in awhile. The key is to fish out when the sentences don’t make sense or don’t sound like normal conversation and steer clear from those ads.
- Photos of Poor Quality. Photos that are too small, too blurry, or you’ve seen elsewhere before are huge red flags. Take a second and Google the item for sale in the ad. If the same image appears multiple times, then chances are the ad was built by a scammer.
- Same ad over and over again. Real people typically post one ad on PennySaver for an item. If you see an ad posted multiple times over and over again for the same item (sometimes different photos and same phone number), then you’ve just caught yourself a scammer.
What should you do if you think you accidentally contacted a scammer? To be 100% sure that you found one, ask yourself these questions to navigate the mine field:
- Is the seller asking for you to send money first? RED FLAG! Don’t send a cent until you know you are dealing with a real person. Get on the phone with the seller, exchange multiple emails, and ask questions. If the seller is attentive and answers your questions, he or she is most likely a real person.
- Example from a real email sent to a PennySaver user: “All you are going to pay is just for their change of ownership papers which will cost you only $150 each”
- Is the seller telling you a sob story? RED FLAG! Liars tend to make up huge detailed stories to appear more believable to why they are offering such a low price. If you feel the story is fabricated, ask the seller questions about their story to see if he or she contradicts the information first provided.
- Example from a real email sent to a PennySaver user: “I am giving them out because they were always cared and looked after by my father but with a heavy heart i lost him and he was all I got…My father died in an accident last month on his way back from work and i have very bad memories when i see these puppies around me, because they were always together with him since i am always busy in the laboratory..”
- Is the seller claiming they are out of the country? RED FLAG! If the person is really out of the country on vacation or for missionary work, it should wait until they get back. Chances are you won’t hear back from that scammer if you ask to hold off until his or her return.
If you discover a scammer, please add a comment to this blog post and a link to the ad. We’ll get our team to remove it as soon as possible.
Thanks and let’s work together to banish scammers back into the dark holes they came from!