When using online networks which provide
users with a central database for classified ads like Craig’s List,
VendAnything, Kijiji, OLX, AmericanListed or ViewMyClassified, always consider
same precautions online as you would offline. When meeting someone for the first
a high traffic, well-lit, public meeting place like a cafe. Never meet in a
Never agree to move to a secondary location. This is a red
invite a stranger into your home or go to a stranger’s home at any time during
precautions, especially when buying/selling high value items.
tell a friend or family member where you're going and when you should be
Check-in when you get there and check-in when you are
finished and leaving.
have a friend go with you. There is safety in numbers.
early at the predetermined location and observe what is happening around you.
Trust your instincts. If something does not feel right, STOP,
do not proceed. Abandon the deal.
personal and financial information from disclosure.
photos without Geotag information.
so desperate to sell something that you are willing to sell away your
email addresses and not your true address.
Voice number instead of giving out your phone number.
extent payment after you have safety met in person using the above
There is a
higher risk for fraud with deals that involve shipping. The
best deals are with those you can meet safely in person.
funds (e.g. Western Union). A
request for you to wire funds should be a warning sign that the transaction is
probably a scam.
cashier/certified checks or money orders can be fake. If you deposit or cash a
fake check, the bank will hold you
involved in transactions with the seller,
no third parties.
your financial information (bank
account, social security, PayPal account, etc.).
rent or purchase sight-unseen.
background/credit checks until you
have met landlord/employer in person.
simple precautions helps make online classified ad transactions safer for
everyone. For more information about personal safety online, check out these