Internet Auctions

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926-Internet, 814-Other Federal Agencies


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

Contact Us:

National Consumers League


1701 K Street, NW Suite 1200

Washington, DC 20006

National Fraud Information Center National Consumers League

PO BOX 65868

Washington, D.C. 20035


4200 Wilson Boulevard, 8th Floor

Arlington, VA 22203

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)