The 7 Top Poshmark Scams of 2020 (and How to Avoid Them)

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Poshmark is a convenient way to buy and sell new or used clothing, shoes, and fashion accessories. However, like so many online marketplaces, it's also a common place for scammers to attempt to steal from you, either through scams or phishing attempts

Here's a look at the top scams on Poshmark at the moment, as well as how to not get scammed on Poshmark. 

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Buying: Sold a Fake Product

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Spotted a bargain designer dress on Poshmark? Well, you know the saying: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. This scam has sellers offering authentic products at a very low price. Once you receive them, it turns out they're counterfeit and far lower quality than the original you wanted to purchase.

The key to avoiding this scam is to be aware of the value of the item you're purchasing. It's exceptionally rare for a genuine bargain to exist. Instead, research the price that's typical elsewhere and aim to find it ever so slightly cheaper. That increases your chances of it being genuine.

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Selling: Item Not As Described

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When selling, it's possible to be conned by buyers complaining that an item isn't as described once it arrives with them. They can suggest that a button is missing or something is torn, and demand their money back.

Always take as many photos as possible of your item before you ship it to the buyer. This will allow you to have a form of proof should you need to appeal your case to Poshmark. 

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Selling: Promise of Overpayment

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Some Poshmark scammers message you and suggest that they can pay extra if you hold onto an item you're selling for them. Alongside that, they request your full name and address, stating that their 'shipper' will come and pick it up from you. This taps into the idea of 'if it's too good to be true, it probably is' as well as being a reminder that you should never pay off-site.

A twist on this formula can have the scammer offer up a sob story about a sick relative or other reason as to why they have to pay via this method. Don't listen to it. The more convoluted it sounds, the less likely it is to be true.

Always hold your ground and say that payments have to be conducted through the site and for the correct amount. 

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Selling: Forged Cashier Check

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Another reason why it's wise to only use confirmed Poshmark payment methods is because cashier checks can be forged. A common scam across many sites, as well as Poshmark, is where the buyer overpays via cashier check then demands the excess amount back due to a mistake on their part. Once you send them the difference, the check you've received is cancelled, leaving you out of pocket. 

Always use approved methods of payment. 

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Selling: Shipping Item Too Fast

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A recent scam occurs when the seller immediately ships out an item before being told by the buyer that the purchase was made without their permission. What happens is a scammer has hacked an account so that they get a free item, leaving the genuine owner of the account wanting a refund (understandably) and the seller out of pocket because they have to refund without ever getting the item back. Sometimes, it can be resolved but it tends to take time with customer service.

Instead, send a message thanking the buyer for their purchase then wait a short period of time before shipping the item. Just to be sure. 

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Using an Unusual Form of Payment

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You agree to purchase an item on Poshmark, and the seller suggests you pay via Paypal Friends & Family to avoid fees, or another method that Poshmark doesn't recommend. Don't do it.

There's no protection available to you by using non-approved methods. Cashier checks are often suggested by scammers. Never accept them as you'll get little help from Poshmark if you use a different payment method. 

Always pay via the methods that Poshmark encourages so that you're fully covered. 

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Fake Poshmark Profile

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Most scammers set up fresh profiles to scam people with. Check a seller's personal profile to see if it looks like a genuine Poshmark profile. Is it suspiciously empty? It's almost certainly a fake account. If you want to be extra sure, ask them about some questions to find out more about them. If they're genuine, they should know what to say. 

If in doubt, walk away. There will almost always be another, more reputable buyer out there.

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