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Scams and Fraud

How to avoid Scams and Fraud in Classified Advertising

When initiating or completing a transaction, always deal locally, face to face and follow these guidelines to avoid 99% of attempted scam or fraud.

• Do not make a payment to someone you have not met in person.

• Watch out for offers that may involve shipping and/or airfare - deal with people you can meet in person and pay cash.

• Please, NEVER wire money via Western Union or any other similar service. Anyone who asks you to do so is usually a scammer.

• Don't accept cashier/certified checks or money orders. Banks may cash fakes unknowingly, then hold you responsible for repayment.

• Transactions are between users only, we provide no third party "guarantees".

• Never give out any of your financial information including bank account, social security, paypal account, etc.

• Never purchase anything you have not seen, because that terrific deal may not exist at all.

• Refuse to allow any background or credit checks until you have met dealers, landlords, and/or employers in person.

Who can I notify about scam or fraud attempts?

Internet Fraud Complaint Center

FTC Video: How to report scams to the FTC

FTC Complaint Form and hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)

If you are defrauded by someone you met in person, contact your local police department.

If you suspect that a listing on our website may be connected to a scam, please Contact Us and send us the details.