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Few Tips To Avoiding Fraud

Buyer Advice.

  1. Always try to meet the seller face-to-face, in our experience most fraudsters won't want you to see their face.
  2. For most transactions it is often easier and more convenient to pay in cash. However, in order to be on the safe side don't take more cash than you need for the purchase.
  3. Never send cash or cheques through the post, or place money directly into a seller's bank account, in advance or expectation of receiving goods. For more valuable items you could ask for a personal cheque to be cleared before you part with your goods and offer a receipt as proof of purchase.
  4. Never send money via Western Union to somebody, or some company, you don't know.  JUST NEVER DO IT!
  5. Always try to get more than one form of contacting the buyer.
  6. If a person makes it a point to tell you to trust them because they are honest - they are probably not honest.
  7. If the deal sounds to good to be true, it's probably not true.

Be cautious if:

  1. You receive an offer that sounds too good to be true, like a rock-bottom price on expensive or hard-to-find merchandise.
  2. Someone responds to your ad claiming they have found your lost pet or jewelry and asks you to send money for shipping or a reward.
  3. You’re selling merchandise and receive a check for much more than your asking price, but are asked to send the extra amount back through money transfer.
  4. You’re offered a low-cost loan but must pre-pay fees or the first few loan payments using money transfer services.

For more information please visit www.getsafeonline.org

Avoiding Scams

* Deal locally, face-to-face —follow this one rule and avoid 99% of scam attempts.  * Do not extend payment to anyone you have not met in person.  * Beware offers involving shipping - deal with locals you can meet in person.  * Never wire funds (e.g. Western Union) - anyone who asks you to is a scammer.  * Transactions are between users only, no third party provides a "guarantee".  * Never give out financial info (bank account, social security, paypal account, etc).  * Do not rent or purchase sight-unseen—that amazing "deal" may not exist.