Safety Tips

As more people use the internet to find the best deals to buy merchandise, they have also unfortunately fallen prey to internet predators. These predators use classified ad websites to lure potential buyers/sellers to locations . Once they arrive , victims are robbed of their money or merchandise. These predators also use other internet scams to take your money or identity.

Here are safety tips to prevent you from falling victim to these internet predators:

SCAM AND FRAUD PREVENTION:

  1. Deal locally; Avoid long distance or overseas transactions.
  2. Never wire funds via money transfer services/money wire services - anyone who asks you to do so is a scammer.
  3. Never send money to a P.O. Boxaddress
  4. Beware of Counterfeit cashier checks & money orders . Banks will cash them and then hold you responsible when the fraud is discovered weeks later.
  5. Never give out financial information (bank account number, social security number, credit card number, etc.).
  6. Avoid deals involving shipping or escrow services and know that only a scammer will "guarantee" your transaction.
  7. Counterfeit (knockoffs) & stolen merchandise are commonly sold via the internet.

INTERNET CRIME SCHEMES

  1. Counterfeit Cashier's Check
  2. Credit Card Fraud
  3. Debt Elimination
  4. DHL/UPS
  5. Employment/Business Opportunities
  6. Escrow Services Fraud
  7. Identity Theft
  8. Internet Extortion
  9. Investment Fraud
  10. Lotteries
  11. Nigerian Letter or "419"
  12. Phishing/Spoofing
  13. Ponzi/Pyramid
  14. Reshipping
  15. Spam
  16. Third Party Receiver of Funds

ROBBERY PREVENTION:

  1. Avoid personal meetings for money/merchandise exchanges .
  2. Avoid locations that you are unfamiliar with
  3. Agree to meet in a public place with heavy pedestrian traffic flow.
  4. Avoid going alone
  5. Tell someone where you’re going and when you should be back.
  6. Once at the location, survey the area before you meet. If things don’t “look or feel” right then leave. Trust your instincts!
  7. Once at the location don’t agree to go to another location, it could be a setup.