As is typical in online fraud, the Escrow fraud scammer convinces the victim to go outside of the auction site or item listing company. The scammer will request the use of a third-party escrow service to facilitate the exchange of money and merchandise. The victim is unaware the scammer has actually created an escrow site that closely resembles a legitimate escrow service. The victim signs up with the phony escrow service and sends payment to the service and receives nothing in return. Or, the victim sends merchandise to the subject and waits for his/her payment through the escrow site which is never received because it is not a legitimate service.
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