Anti-Scam Tips & Advice
Protect yourself against Internet fraud!
The vast majority of ads are posted by honest people. Despite this, it is important to follow a few common sense rules to prevent any attempt from scammers.
- Do business with people you can meet in person.
- Ask about the person you're dealing with, name, address and telephone number.
- Keep copies of all correspondence (emails, ads, letters, etc.) and details of the person.
- Never send money by Western Union, MoneyGram or other anonymous payment systems.
- Never send money or products abroad.
- Do not accept checks.
Recognizing a scam
The majority of scams have one or more of these characteristics:
- The person is abroad or traveling abroad.
- The person refuses to meet you in person.
- Payment is made through Western Union, Money Gram or check.
- The messages are in broken language (English or French or ...).
- The texts seem to be copied and pasted.
- The deal seems to be too good to be true.
- You feel pressurized into sending a deposit and or full amount before viewing or collection.
Go with your Gut feeling. If it feels wrong then it generally is.