We are committed to creating a user-friendly environment, where our users can post and reply to ads and other messages freely and without concern. What follows are a number of tips and techniques you should keep in mind to protect yourself and your privacy online, whether you are using our site or some other site on the Internet. (Some of these suggestions “repeat” because they apply in multiple situations.) This list is not exhaustive and you should not use it as a substitute for your own common sense. As always, the best protection is to use good judgment and trust your instincts.
Online ads help us find all kinds of different goods and services easily and quickly. It is important to remember that whether you are responding to a rental ad, a job posting, personal or “for sale” ad, you have never met the person behind the ad before. Use caution. 1) Do not wire money, or send a check, for an apartment you have not seen to a person you have never met. 2) Do not give out personal information about yourself, such as your passport or drive license number, without verifying that a job posting is legitimate. 3) Meet people in a public place. 4) Do not go check out item in someone’s house alone. Bring a friend.
1) Be careful when buying motorcycle through on classified ads; they may be stolen. 2) Be cautious when it comes to work-from-home opportunities, especially ones that do not require experience or time. 3) Do not give money to an individual claiming to be the victim of a disaster if you do not know them. 4) Do not give money to an organization if you have not heard of it. 5) Do not wire money for an apartment you have not seen to a person you have never met. 6) Do not give out personal information about yourself, such as your ID, without verifying that a job posting is legitimate. 7) Do not response to an email with regard to receiving money. 8) Meet people in a public place.
No matter where we are or what we are doing, a handful of people can make it difficult for everyone. This is true in the online advertising area as well. Use the same common sense you would use in the real world when reading an ad. If it is too good to be true, it is a scam. Please read about these common scam types to educate yourself.
Be very cautious about real estate scams
1) Someone will respond to your ad with an interest in renting or buying the property. 2) They will send you a check that is in excess of the amount you indicated, and request you send them the difference. They will send you a check that is the exact amount, but back out at the last minute. 3) You will think all of the above checks are legitimate and potentially begin using the funds. 4) The check(s) will turn out to be counterfeit and the bank will hold you responsible for all losses.
1) A scammer will duplicate postings from legitimate real-estate websites and place them on classified advertisement websites. 2) The scammer will often use the real-estate agent’s real name to create a fake email address. 3) When you respond to the ad, the scammer will reply, claiming to be the owner. 4) S/he will say he is out of the country (often on mission work) so you cannot see the property. They will ask you to mail the check (often to a foreign address). They may also ask you to wire money. 5) Your check will be cashed or money received, and you will not be able to recover your losses.