Tips for Avoiding Internet Auction Fraud: Understand as much as possible about how the auction works, what your obligations are as a buyer, and what the seller’s obligations are before you bid. Find out what actions the website/company takes if a problem occurs and consider insuring the transaction and shipment. Learn as much as possible about the seller, especially if the only information you have is an e-mail address. If it is a business, check the Better Business Bureau where the seller/business is located. Examine the feedback on the seller. Determine what method of payment the seller is asking from the buyer and where he/she is asking to send payment.