Internet Escrow Scams

Escrow services are supposed to protect the parties involved in any transaction. Unfortunately, scam artists are creative and misuse this concept to defraud people by promising protection for their money while demanding payment via methods that cannot be traced.

Overview of Internet Escrow Scams

When it comes to internet escrow scams, criminals attempt to convince consumers that their money will be protected if they use a particular site. They will frequently use the names of well-known firms, including using their logos to make the communications seem legitimate.

These scam artists then demand the Buyer send money via some method that is usually difficult to trace, such as gift cards or wire transfers. Once the money is sent, the so-called Seller disappears, and the victim never receives the promised item.

Email Fraud and Phishing

Scam artists frequently use email fraud and “phishing” to defraud their victims. They send emails that seem to be from legitimate companies you already work with, like your bank, an online auction site, or even your internet service provider.

These emails often require you to verify your personal information by replying, opening an attachment, or clicking a link. The result is that a virus is downloaded that records everything you type, or you’re taken to a fake website that looks legitimate.

If you receive any emails that appear to be from but seem to be fraudulent, please contact our support team immediately.

Tips to Avoid Internet Escrow Scams

Scam artists who perpetrate internet escrow scams rely on people being skeptical and wary of dealing with unknown parties online. They use people’s caution against them by guiding them to bogus escrow services.

You should always use a legitimate service, like , to stay safe. However, there are other steps you can take to protect yourself.

Check Email Addresses Closely

Check the sender’s email address very closely, even if it looks legitimate at first glance. It might seem that the email came from, but looking closer, you discover the fake email address looks something like .

The best option is to report it to and block the sender. Delete the email as soon as’s support team gives you the go-ahead, as they might need it for further investigation.

Make sure not to click on any links, download attachments, or reply, as you could be infecting your device with a virus.

Don’t Trust Information in Emails

If something seems suspicious, don’t trust the information in the email. Go to the company website to find correct contact information. Use the phone number on the website, for example, rather than the one listed in the email.

Scam artists often use fake phone numbers, hoping the consumer will never speak to a legitimate company representative.

To email the company, make sure to use the address listed on the company’s legitimate website.

Be Careful with Links

Links in emails can be problematic. Ensure that the link doesn’t go to a fake site by hovering your cursor over the link and checking the address.

To be even more confident, go to the company website directly, using your browser and not clicking the link.

Be Cautious with Unusual Payment Methods

If you’re asked to send money using an unusual payment method, like gift cards or a wire transfer directly to an individual, alarm bells should go off.

If you get an email from a well-known firm asking you to make payment using an unconventional method, check their website or contact them via the information on their site to ensure the request is legitimate.

Generally, though, avoid paying for anything with a wire transfer or a gift card, because these are the methods scammers use most often, since you cannot recover the money.

Reporting Fraud

If you believe that you’ve been the victim of fraud, you should contact immediately to notify us. We will investigate any fraudulent activity that has occurred on our website with the utmost diligence.

If an escrow scam has targeted you, report the site and the person who recommended it to the proper authorities . By reporting it, you make it easier for the authorities to find and prosecute these criminals while also protecting other possible victims.

In the event that you have provided your personal information to a fraudulent site or person who recommended it, inquire if you are at risk of having your identity stolen .

Get in touch with your financial services provider to see if they can freeze any transfers of funds you have made. Ask them what other steps you can take to protect your account. Also, explain what happened so that your financial institution will investigate and report the fraudulent activity.

If you used Western Union to transfer the money, call them to report the fraud. You can do this by calling their customer service number at 1-800-448-1492 or filling out their online form.


The most effective way to protect yourself against scams and fraudulent activity is to use We are a licensed and registered escrow service dedicated to protecting our customers at all times.

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