Avoiding Scams & Fraud:
Our site offers you an excellent way to find great deals, but it pays to be careful. Fortunately, avoiding scams is easy if you heed the following tips:
- Never send or accept Money transfers through "Western Union".
(Transactions using Western Union or Money Orders are usually scams)
- Never pay in advance for an item that you haven't seen.
- Avoid making overseas transactions.
- Never give out your personal or financial information.
- Go with your instincts and don't complete a transaction if you feel uneasy with the other party, no matter how convincing they may sound.
Some Common Scams:
- A buyer offers to overpay for an item and have you refund the difference.
- Pedigreed pets that are free or low cost except for a shipping charge.
- Pet scammers who attract buyers with false ads displaying cute animal photos and making phony promises. Be careful since they can often take pet buyers on an emotional and financial ride which leaves them with less money in their pockets and an invisible pet.
Several organizations report an increasing number of complaints concerning online pet sales, including the American Kennel Club, the Council of Better Business Bureaus, the Humane Society of the United States and the Internet Crime Complaint Center, or IC3.
- A buyer or seller wants to use Western Union or Moneygram.
Good Rules To Follow:
- See it before you buy it: One of the great things about classifieds
is that transactions are usually done locally. The best way to ensure that you're getting what you want is to go see the item in person whenever possible. Also, choose a safe meeting place where you feel comfortable. It's always best to meet at a public place and bring someone with you.
- Pay Cash: Exchanging cash in person is the safest way to ensure a legitimate transaction. Be suspicious of sellers who request payment by wire transfers or money orders or if they ask money to be sent overseas.
- Ask questions: Before going to see an advertised item, ask the seller lots of
questions or request more photos. Make sure you know all the necessary details about an item (and see it) before you buy it.
- Look for warning signs of fraud: If a seller is unclear about their location or the origin of an object, be suspicious. Requests for your bank account, social security number, or other personal information are almost always inappropriate.
For additional advice on detecting and reporting internet fraud visit:
Please report questionable ad listings to us:
If you find a scam listing on our site, please help protect other site users by reporting it to us. Simply click the "Report Abuse, Fraud or a Duplicate Ad!" link located at the bottom of every ad and we'll take care of removing the listing if found to be fraudulent.
If you have an email exchange with a buyer or seller who appears to be fraudulent, please let us know! Forward the entire email exchange to us, along with any additional information to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll try to verify whether or not this is a scam, and we'll suspend the scammer's account and remove their ads from our site.
We'd like to thank our friends at Oodle, Inc. for providing much of the above information.