Sales Scams Fraud and scams involving retail goods and items offered for sale. 5 Sellers advertising online are defrauded by ‘buyers’ who pay with cashier’s checks made out for amounts in excess of the agreed-upon purchase price and ask the balances be sent to third parties. Thieves drain activated gift cards. Scammers sell victims supposedly unopened boxes containing brand-new merchandise, but the cartons actually hold low-quality goods, junk, or nothing. Thief uses credit card info gained during delivery of flowers and wine to empty mark’s bank account. Con artist rents out a property he has no authorization to lease.