Internet Auctions

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INTERNET AUCTIONS go back


Internet auctions are not regulated by the state government in California.


The following tips are recommended to avoid being scammed.

  • Understand how the auction works. Information is provided in the auction web sites. You should ask questions before you bid.
  • Check out the seller, and contact the Better Business Bureau.
  • Be especially careful if the seller is a private individual. Private sellers are not regulated therefore if you have a problem, it could be very difficult to resolve.


The online auction may have a fraud protection program and/or a dispute resolution program.


Complaints may also be filed with:

Consumer Response Center The Federal Trade Commission

600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20580

Telephone: (202) 326-2222

www.ftc.gov

Contact Us:


National Consumers League

info@nclnet.org

202-835-3323

1701 K Street, NW Suite 1200

Washington, DC 20006


National Fraud Information Center National Consumers League

PO BOX 65868

Washington, D.C. 20035

www.fraud.org


BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU

4200 Wilson Boulevard, 8th Floor

Arlington, VA 22203

http://www.bbb.org/BBB-Locator/


The Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C).

Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC)

www.ic3.gov