Fraud Prevention Tips
Bogus recruitment emails, 419 Nigerian scheme, work-at-home opportunities, fake lottery emails… the Internet is not only a storehouse of information and entertainment, it is also a dangerous realm, where you can get robbed. Along with defending your computer against viruses and ensuring your kids are safe online, you need to protect yourself from Internet scams, be they fraudulent online business schemes or identity thefts.
Protecting Yourself from Internet Scams
Look for tell-tale signs in emails provided in the contact Section of Third-party sellers. The Internet can be a vast and infinite arena of knowledge. It can also be a great place to hide. For those seeking an anonymous mode of operation, the World Wide Web is an ideal location.
Please take the following steps of precaution whilst trying to authenticate the validity of your Seller to avoid any unwanted consequences:
- The description of goods/services is full of spelling mistakes and has poor grammar. The description may depict has a lot of capital letters, dollar signs and exclamation marks.
- The Seller will ask for sensitive personal or financial information like credit card numbers, passport details etc.
- No official website or formal phone number or address is listed when it comes to Companies or other Legal Entities. The logo or symbol of the Company may look fake or tampered with.
- Make sure you know who you are dealing with. If there is a phone number mentioned, call it up. Check local listings to see if that company exists at that number. Visit its official site to see if it is legitimate.
- There is insufficient information about the offer within the listing.
- You are aggressively advised to buy the listed item, or else it will end and you will lose out on a great opportunity.
- Do not base your financial transactions on advice received in chat rooms and online discussions or tips. If you are investing in a business venture, research, investigate and check out the agent and company.
- Do not pay any money in advance.
- Anonymous email addresses like email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org are being included in the listing.
- Always take a printout or a screenshot of any bill or transaction carried out online. Check your bank statements or account balance immediately, to see if the transaction has been reflected and if so, is it the right amount. If not a printout, you should be able to save the transaction’s record and access it on logging in at a later date.
- The Listing contains third-party payment systems not authenticated or native to the Service.
- The Listing’s description urges you to commit the transaction outside the scope of Service (ex. By redirecting you to another Website entirely.)
All users should act with sound mind, due diligence and general precautions. The service acknowledges the aforementioned risk of scams, but has no definitive way to prevent it from happening. We will keep this list updated, and will inform users of potential threats to their security and the chances of being scammed by misleading or untrue listings on our Service.
The practices of internet scamming is getting better and better, and the Service cannot guarantee your 100% safety of transactions. Therefore, in order to have safe transactions we urge you to find appropriate measures of authenticating the Third-party seller prior to concluding a sale.