For Your Security
Don't get spammed
We do not sell or share your personal information in any way, but if you post your email in our site there's a chance that "Spam Bots" can scan the site and pick up your email address. So if you do not feel like sharing your personal email you have two choices:
1. Make sure you select the "Hide Email" choice in your personal settings.
2. Or just use another email that you do not care if it gets spammed, like a temporary email such Yahoo, Hotmail or others.
Don't get scammed or 'phished'
Because there are a lot of items for sale, some unscrupulous people try to take advantage. So if you receive an email offering more money than what you're asking, and requesting personal information to include bank routing number, DO NOT reply. We know most people are aware of these practices, but just in case you have never been exposed to 'phishing' beware.
Avoiding scams and fraud
You can sidestep would-be scammers by following these common-sense rules:
- DEAL LOCALLY WITH FOLKS YOU CAN MEET IN PERSON - follow this one simple rule and you will avoid 99% of the scam attempts
- NEVER WIRE FUNDS VIA WESTERN UNION, MONEYGRAM or any other wire service - anyone who asks you to do so is a scammer.
- FAKE CASHIER CHECKS & MONEY ORDERS ARE COMMON, and BANKS WILL CASH THEM AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE when the fake is discovered weeks later.
- THIS WEBSITE IS NOT INVOLVED IN ANY TRANSACTION, and does not handle payments, guarantee transactions, provide escrow services, or offer "buyer protection" or "seller certification"
- NEVER GIVE OUT FINANCIAL INFORMATION (bank account number, social security number, eBay/PayPal info, etc.)
- AVOID DEALS INVOLVING SHIPPING OR ESCROW SERVICES and know that ONLY A SCAMMER WILL "GUARANTEE" YOUR TRANSACTION.
Who should I notify about fraud or scam attempts?
If you suspect that an item posted for sale on this website may be part of a scam, please use the report Icon at the top of the listing.
Most scams involve one or more of the following:
- Inquiry from someone far away, often in another country
- Western Union, Money Gram, cashier's check, money order, shipping, escrow service, or a "guarantee"
- Inability or refusal to meet face-to-face before consummating transaction
Examples of Scams
- Someone claims that this website will guarantee a transaction, certify a buyer/seller, OR claims that this website will handle or provide protection for a payment
These claims are fraudulent, as this website does not have any role in any transaction.
Scammer will often send an official looking, offering a guarantee, certifying a seller, providing payment services -- all such emails are fakes!
- Distant person offers a genuine-looking (but fake) cashier's check
You receive an email (examples below) offering to buy your item, sight unseen.
Cashier's check is offered for your sale item, or for just about anything else of value.
Value of cashier's check often far exceeds your item - scammer offers to "trust" you, and asks you to wire the balance via money transfer service
Banks will often cash these fake checks AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE WHEN THE CHECK FAILS TO CLEAR, including criminal prosecution in some cases!
Scam often involves a 3rd party (shipping agent, business associate owing buyer money, etc)
- Someone requests wire service payment via Western Union or MoneyGram:
Often claim that an MTCN or confirmation code is needed before he can withdraw your money - this is FALSE, once you've wired money, it is GONE.
Scam "bait" items include laptops, plasma TVs, cell phones, tickets - but could be almost anything
Common countries currently include: Nigeria, Romania, Ukraine, Spain, UK, Italy, Netherlands - but could be anywhere
Deal often seems too good to be true
- Distant person offers to send you a money order and then have you wire money:
This is ALWAYS a scam, in our experience - the cashier's check is FAKE
Sometimes accompanies an offer of merchandise, sometimes not
Scammer often asks for your name, address, etc for printing on the fake check
Deal often seems too good to be true
- Distant seller suggests use of an online escrow service.
Most online escrow sites are FRAUDULENT, operated by scammers
For more info, do a Google search on "fake escrow" or "escrow fraud"
- Distant seller asks for a partial payment upfront, after which he/she will ship goods
He/she says he/she trusts you with the partial payment
He/she may say he/she has already shipped the goods
Deal often sounds too good to be true
- Foreign company offers you a job receiving payments from customers, and then wiring funds
Foreign company may claim it is unable to receive payments from its customers directly
You are typically offered a percentage of payments received
This kind of "position" may be posted as a job, or offered to you via email
- Someone offering puppies/kittens for free or small adoption fee
When you email them they reply with costs for shipping
Do not deal with ANY one that is not LOCAL -- Specially concerning animals