In a written statement datelined in Lubbock, the local BBB said Easy Yard sale is “an online company with alleged false credentials.” The company claims to be an intermediary between consumers and sellers. According to the BBB consumers are lured by reasonable prices.
Money is paid up front by wire transfer but then “After you pay up, Easy Yard Sale and the seller both stop responding.”
BBB also said, “The consumer will never receive the item and tracking down your money will be extremely difficult.”
The local BBB also said, “Easy Yard Sale created a false BBB Business Review and Rating, claiming to be accredited.”
The following comes from the BBB of the South Plains on how to spot a fake company:
- Read reviews and contact the company. Find out about the experience of other customers and assess the level of service provided.
- Check the address with Google and the Postal Service: Do a simple Google map search and contact postal authorities to identify the physical location.
- Before providing any information find out about the method of payment. Do not use wire transfers or money cards. If your purchase falls through, it is unlikely you can recover funds.
- Watch Out for unrealistic offers. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is. Unrealistic offers are used to motivate purchasers to make hasty decisions.
- Verify VIN Numbers if purchasing an auto or trailer. Services are available which can provide the history of a vehicle or trailer for salvage, theft, and for identification purposes.
To find a company that has made the commitment to BBB Standards of Trust, go to BBB’s web site at bbb.org Click on “Find an Accredited Business”.