Protect yourself against Internet fraud!

The vast majority of ads are posted by honest people and trust, so you can do excellent business. Despite this, it is important to follow a few common sense rules following to prevent any attempts to reply or interact with a scam advertisement.

Our advice

  • Doing business with people you can meet in person.
  • Never send money by Western Union, MoneyGram, or other anonymous payment systems.
  • Never send money or products abroad.
  • Do not accept any kind of checks... Even cashier's checks!
  • Ask about the person you're dealing with another confirming source name, address and telephone number.
  • Keep copies of all correspondence (emails, ads, 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. Resist temptation.

The Majority of SCAMS have one or more of the following characteristics

  • The person is abroad or traveling abroad.
  • The person refuses to meet you in person.
  • Payment is made through Western Union, Money Gram, Check, or Cashier's Check.
  • Person tells you they sent you a PayPal payment and to check your email, not your actual PayPal account.
  • Person tells you they want your item, will send you a Cashier's Check with added shipping cost, then their shipping company will arrive to pick up the item in question.
  • 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.