We go to great lengths to ensure that all posts on the websites are 100% genuine and trustworthy. So you can trust that you are in safe hands. Nonetheless, we recommend you take some precautionary measures to guard against scam and other fraudulent activities that may escape our radar. Here are some useful anti-scam tips you can adopt:
- The first rule of thumb is to patronize posters you can meet with in person.
- Sending money via western union, Money Gram or through any unauthorized payment system is a total no-no.
- Never accept checks
- Carry out due diligence before hitting the purchase button; Verify the name, address, telephone number and other essential details of the seller.
- Keeping copies and receipts of all correspondence and transaction details is paramount; you never know when you will need "evidence."
- Learn to trust your gut instinct; if a deal seems or looks too good to be true, it probably is.
How to recognize the tell-tale signs of a potential scam
The vast majority of fraudulent deals, posts and transactions can take on one or more of these forms:
- The seller or marketer resides abroad or is en route to a foreign country.
- The poster adamantly refuses to meet you in person, stating flimsy excuses.
- Payment is strictly limited to western union, Money gram or checks.
- You can barely understand the seller's messages because the language being used is broken.
- The texts have the makings of a “copy and paste" format.
- The offer is too good to be true.