BEWARE OF SCAMMERS- It has come to our attention that our ads have been duplicated fraudulently. Do Not Send Money to Unknown Persons.
Here are some great tips to help you stay safe when conducting business online!
- Deal locally, face-to-face —follow this one rule and avoid 99% of scam attempts.
- Do not extend payment to anyone you have not met in person or an unknown business.
- Beware of offers involving shipping.
- Never wire funds (e.g. Western Union) – anyone who asks you to is a scammer.
- Do not rent or purchase sight-unseen—that amazing “deal” may not exist.
- Refuse background/credit checks for unknown or unverified landlords/employers.
Most scams attempts involve one or more of the following:
- Email or text from someone that is not local to your area.
- Vague initial inquiry, e.g. asking about “the item.” Poor grammar/spelling.
- Western Union, Money Gram, cashier check, money order, paypal, shipping, escrow service, or a “guarantee.”
- Inability or refusal to meet face-to-face to complete the transaction.
Who should I notify about fraud or scam attempts?
If you are defrauded by someone you met in person, contact your local police department.
- Internet Fraud Complaint Center
- FTC Video: How to report scams to the FTC
- FTC complaint form and hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)
- Consumer Sentinel/Military (for armed service members and families)
- SIIA Software and Content Piracy reporting
- Ohio Attorney General Consumer Complaints
- New York Attorney General, Avoid Online Investment Fraud