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.

Our advice

  • 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.