Protect Yourself Against Internet Fraud!
While the majority of ads are posted by honest and trustworthy individuals, it is crucial to follow some common sense rules to prevent falling victim to scams. Here are our recommendations:
- Engage in transactions with people you can meet face-to-face.
- Avoid sending money through anonymous payment systems like Western Union or MoneyGram.
- Refrain from sending money or products internationally.
- Exercise caution when accepting checks as a form of payment.
- Verify the identity of the person you are dealing with by cross-referencing their name, address, and phone number with another reliable source.
- Maintain copies of all correspondence, including emails, ads, and letters, as well as any relevant details about the person involved.
- If a deal appears too good to be true, it is likely a red flag. Exercise caution and consider refraining from proceeding.
Recognizing Attempted Scams:
Most scams exhibit one or more of the following characteristics:
- The person is located abroad or claims to be traveling abroad.
- The person refuses to meet in person.
- Payments are requested via Western Union, MoneyGram, or checks.
- The messages contain broken language or exhibit poor grammar (e.g., English, French, etc.).
- The texts seem to be copied and pasted, lacking originality.
- The deal appears excessively advantageous, raising suspicions of its legitimacy.