If you're shopping on the web and hoping to buy something from someone you don't know, and that seller tries to direct you toward using a particular service such as escrow and shipping, you're probably about to be scammed. Consumer Ally got this letter recently:
You may already know this one but I got scammed and I am warning everyone and complaining to anyone.
I tried to purchase a motorcycle from an online classified site devoted to motorcycles. I emailed the "seller" and was directed to this fraudulent site. www.globalsafecourier.com. I was instructed to send a money gram which should have been a huge red flag but it wasn't. I sent the money to their official receiver and of course no motorcycle was delivered. The site is extremely professional and it is a complete fraud.