Online Auctions and Sales


To protect yourself when shopping on online auction sites, consider the following before you bid:

  • Research the usual price range for the item and its features.
  • Check out the seller and look for one who accepts safer payment methods like credit cards or secure online payment systems.
  • Don’t do business with anyone who takes only wire transfers, cash, or money orders.

The attached radio alert provides more information regarding how to defend yourself against scammers when shopping online at auction sites. 

3D Consumer Alert is a series of 60-second educational radio spots written and produced by the Consumer Protection Division of the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office. The purpose is to prevent the victimization of Nebraskans by arming them with the education and tools to Deter, Detect, and Defend (the 3Ds) against the frauds, scams, and pressing consumer issues prevalent across our state.


Attached, please find 60-second audio (3D Alert) and the accompanying script. In case of technical difficulties, the attached audio file can also be found at