LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) --
Scam artists tend to devise scams based on current events.
One topic in the news is gun reform legislation.
This Rip-Off Alert is from a federal partnership called IC3
: the Internet Crime Complaint Center handled by the FBI and National White Collar Crime Center.
The IC3 says as gun sales have skyrocketed.
Consumers, purchasing guns online, have fallen for fraudulent ads.
Scam artists post photos and descriptions hijacked from legitimate ads but sell the firearms for a deep discount.
The cons know what they're doing -- providing an ID and arranging a transfer through a federal firearm licensee.
To avoid getting hit with a bogus buy, do your research on the company and if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.