How can I Tell If an Escrow Site is Fraudulent?

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I highly encourage you if it involves huge money transactions always avail escrow services to protect both buyer and seller. Fraudsters will have so many excuses why they can't use escrow.com

Please remember some pointers below if you do choose an alternative escrow services:

1. Fraud sites often claim they are associated with escrow.com, escrow.com is not associated or affiliated with any other escrow site.

2. Fraudsters will claim their escrow services are verified and provided via Internet Escrow Services (IES), however Internet Escrow Services (IES) only provides escrow services to escrow.com

3. Don't fall for phishers site that looks exactly as escrow.com you can test it yourself by typing in your url locator https://www.escrow.com or bookmark the url. With that said, don't click on any link that seems to come from @escrow.com, better type it yourself or access via offline bookmark.

4. Fraudsters may claim they represent or recommended by eBay, eBay Motors, or Yahoo! Auctions, however this is an official list, ebay actually recommends.
http://pages.ebay.com/help/pay/escrow.html

5. You should call the customer support number or use any point of contact the company freely publishes on their site. Another way fraudsters avoid to be contacted or traced is by using a domain whois private protection, so better watch out for those red flag clues.

6. If it's a legitimate and genuine escrow services company, it should be listed on this page
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=escrow

7. See if the web address of the so-called escrow site is registered with Better Business Bureau http://search.bbb.org/search.html

8. Check the domain whois specifically the company name, address, and the whois date where it's created, many fraudsters will claim they are in operation for several years but upon checking the whois reveals their domain is newly registered.

9. Fraudulent escrow sites often use the Western Union Payment system as valid forms of payment for their site from buyers, it's because Western Union money is actual money that you send direct to an individual or fraudulent company without you ever been able to chargeback it or offer a refund like paypal.

10. If the escrow sites requires you to pay a person or individual rather than a company, it's fraudulent.

11. If the escrow site only offers untraceable anonymous payment method such as e-currencies, e-gold, and wire transfer; it may be fraudulent, it must offer various payment method that is convenient to the buyer.

12. If said escrow site does not use SSL to protect user sign-in information, it's fraudulent.

13. Be wary of escrow sites that have escrow fees that are unreasonably low.

14. Check for spelling errors, grammar problems, broken links and inconsistent information indicates that the site is fraudulent.

15. Escrow-fraud.com can help you determine if escrow site is fraudulent.

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