Seen an ad on eBay/in the Trading Post/in your local paper for an impossibly cheap mobile phone or tablet? The SCAMwatch service is reporting a rise in the number of scam ads for these products, where sellers advertise goods, collect payment and then never send them out.
It's no surprise that scammers are aiming at these mobile devices: between their general popularity and launch shortages on some models, there's a ripe market for exploitation. So remember the basic rule: if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If the ad is from a private seller in a paper, be very suspicious; if it's on eBay, check the sellers reputation and comments, and avoid any newly-established sellers. Hit the SCAMwatch site for more hints on avoiding these dodgy dealers.