"If It Sounds To Good To Be True, It Probably Is"
Old saying but still valid

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Also, be aware that AirplaneMart.com will not call or email you asking for proprietary information such as your username and password to the Web site. If you receive a phone call or email asking for that information, do not respond, and report the incident to your AirplaneMart.com representative.

 Seller Scams

To avoid Seller scams, pay attention to some of the following clues:

  1. Seller asks you to send a deposit or payment via Western Union or other wire transfer methods.
  2. A price that is too low or too good to be true.
  3. A seller's phone number is out of service or rings to a fax machine.
  4. A seller doesn't want to discuss over the phone, but only wants to communicate by e-mail.
  5. A seller insists you use an escrow service you don't know. A seller is unwilling to show you proof of ownership.
 What is "Phishing"
E-mail text:
“We suspect an unauthorized transaction on your account.
To ensure that your account is not compromised, please click the link below and confirm your identity.”
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“During our regular verification of accounts, we couldn’t verify your information. Please click here to update and verify your information.”
Have you received e-mails with a similar message? It’s a scam called “phishing” — and it involves Internet fraudsters who send spam or pop-up messages to lure personal information (credit card numbers, bank account information, Social Security number, passwords, or other sensitive information) from unsuspecting victims.

Phishers send an email or pop-up message that claims to be from a business or organization that you may deal with — for example, an Internet service provider (ISP), bank, online payment service, or even a government agency. The message may ask you to “update,” “validate,” or “confirm” your account information. Some phishing emails threaten a dire consequence if you don’t respond. The messages direct you to a website that looks just like a legitimate organization’s site. But it isn’t. It’s a bogus site whose sole purpose is to trick you into divulging your personal information so the operators can steal your identity and run up bills or commit crimes in your name.
Examples:
Important Please Read:

If you get an email or pop-up message that asks for personal or financial information, do not reply. And don’t click on the link in the message, either. Legitimate companies don’t ask for this information via email. If you are concerned about your account, contact the organization mentioned in the email using a telephone number you know to be genuine, or open a new Internet browser session and type in the company’s correct Web address yourself. In any case, don’t cut and paste the link from the message into your Internet browser — phishers can make links look like they go to one place, but that actually send you to a different site.

 Links To Helpful Websites
 Buyer Scams

Fraudsters sometimes pose as buyers interested in your aircraft for sale. They may try to pass you bad checks or overpay you and ask you to refund the difference. Here is the most important point:

Most fraud buyers use counterfeit cashier’s checks and the bank has 30 days to verify the check.

Do not assume that because the bank has cashed the check for you, it is a legitimate check. After the bank has paid you the money, the bank has 30 days to determine if the check is valid or not. The bank will come after you if they discover the check/money order is counterfeit. You will be expected to pay the funds back to the bank.

Tips for Recognizing and Avoiding Fake Check Scams

Examples:
 Safety Tips
  • Use anti-virus software and a firewall, and keep them up to date. Some phishing emails contain software that can harm your computer or track your activities on the Internet without your knowledge.

    Anti-virus software and a firewall can protect you from inadvertently accepting such unwanted files. Anti-virus software scans incoming communications for troublesome files. Look for anti-virus software that recognizes current viruses as well as older ones; that can effectively reverse the damage; and that updates automatically.

    A firewall helps make you invisible on the Internet and blocks all communications from unauthorized sources. It’s especially important to run a firewall if you have a broadband connection. Operating systems (like Windows or Linux) or browsers (like Internet Explorer or Netscape) also may offer free software “patches” to close holes in the system that hackers or phishers could exploit.

  • Don’t email personal or financial information. Email is not a secure method of transmitting personal information. If you initiate a transaction and want to provide your personal or financial information through an organization’s website, look for indicators that the site is secure, like a lock icon on the browser’s status bar or a URL for a website that begins “https:” (the “s” stands for “secure”). Unfortunately, no indicator is foolproof; some phishers have forged security icons.

  • Review credit card and bank account statements as soon as you receive them to check for unauthorized charges. If your statement is late by more than a couple of days, call your credit card company or bank to confirm your billing address and account balances.

  • Be cautious about opening any attachment or downloading any files from emails you receive, regardless of who sent them. These files can contain viruses or other software that can weaken your computer’s security.

 

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