Protect yourself against Internet fraud!
The vast majority of listings are posted by honest people who you can trust. So you can do excellent business. Despite this, it is important to follow a few common-sense rules to prevent any attempt to scam.
- Do business with people you can meet in person.
- Never send money by M-Pesa, Western Union, MoneyGram, or other anonymous payment systems.
- Never send money or products abroad without verifying all details.
- Do not accept cheques, or, only release products when the payment has cleared.
- Ask about the person you're dealing with, confirming the source name, address, and telephone number.
- Keep copies of all correspondence (emails, listings, letters, etc.) and details of the person.
- If a deal seems too good to be true, there is every chance that this is the case. Refrain.
Recognize attempted 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 cheque .
- 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.