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FinditClassifieds.com strives to create a useful and friendly environment in which users are honest and trustworthy. To help promote smooth transactions, we would like to highlight some steps you can take to ensure that your experiences with us are enjoyable and hassle free.
The Internet holds great potential for all sorts of legitimate activity and commerce. However, as in any medium, the Internet can be abused by scamsters. New Internet scams have sprouted up, and older mail and phone scams have found their way online.
Here are some safety tips to keep in mind. These tips are not designed to scare you, but to encourage you to be vigilant and to use common sense in all transactions.
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People selling high-ticket items such as cars, motorcycles or computer gear via the Internet should be aware of a cheque scam that is bilking victims out of thousands of dollars. Although the scam has been around for quite some time, recent trends indicate that it is netting an increasing amount of victims, especially among car owners looking to sell their vehicles.
The supposed buyers usually originate out of West African nations such as Nigeria. In fact, it is probable that the same gang of con-artists that run Nigerian loan scams and international lottery scams are responsible for the overpayment cheque scam as well. Like the Nigerian scam, the intent is to draw the potential victim deeper into the scam via a series of emails.
To protect yourself against this sort of scam, never agee to a deal in which the payer wishes to issue an amount for more than the agreed price and expects you to reimburse the balance. The scammers use a variety of excuses to explain the overpayment, but any such excuse should be treated with the utmost suspicion.
After receiving a report of scammers sending emails to FinditClassifieds.com users, I posted a bogus ad myself to see just how long it would take before I was contacted by an internet scammer. Below is an actual email that was sent to me on 3/28/2005 after posting my ad online. It took less than a week for one of these criminals in search of their next victim to contact me! Stay informed and don't let yourself or someone you know become their next victim.
Note: Upon scrutiny of the email, it appears that the email may have originated from Petah Tiqwa in Israel. This just goes to show you that the Nigerians don't have a monopoly on these types of scams. They are truley wide spread and global in scope.
As you read it you will notice the key scam elements;
Just want to know if you still have the ............Pentium 3 866Mhz...........forsale.
If yes I will be in need of the following informations below:
Firstly, the pics of the item if available I want you to have it sent to my email box. Secondly,I want you to tell me little about the present conditions of the item named above.Lastly, the last price and if it is negotiable. Moreso I will want you to tell me if you can accept a cashier check/United Postal Money Order as your payment and once it clears you can release your item?
I want you to make sure that the price given doesn't not include the shippment charges owing to the transportation shipping agent company that I have a contract with, they will come and pick the merchandise up once the check /Money Order clears your bank.The reason for the pick up is owing to international shippment as the item will be picked and shipped to Australia. If you are interested in selling to me kindly get back to me on time as I have some other important things to handle so I am awaiting your early response.
141 NORTH 6TH STREET,
GREYBULL WYOMING 82426.
I have a customer who is interested in buying your ( motor) ,if you are selling,kindly get back to me with the final price and picture . Payment do you accepta certifiedcheck? Shipping i will be responsible for the shipping myself to SWEDEN, I will be looking forward to hear from you. thanks...
From: sara martins <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Traced to Origin IP: 188.8.131.52
Traced to Location: Somewhere in the United Kingdom
If you receive a reply from someone in Africa/Nigeria/Abidjan who claims to have millions of dollars from a dead husband/father/brother and wants you to help get the money out of their country - it just sounds too good to be true! This is commonly known as the Nigerian 419 scam, and is named after the corresponding penal code of Nigeria.
If a buyer promises a cashiers check/money order/Western Union that overpays you, and then requests that you wire the difference to them after keeping some for yourself, beware! Scamsters who adopt this method typically use forged or bogus checks, and it's not difficult to realize who's overpaying who.
If a seller offers his goods at an unbelievably low price, you should ascertain if he's credible. Some scamsters take your money and run, leaving you with nothing but a lighter wallet. Pay by credit card where possible. In most cases, you can dispute credit card charges for non-delivery of goods.
You should arrange to complete the transaction in person, or you can use an intermediary service such as escrow. An escrow service holds the payment, forwarding it to the seller only when the buyer has received the goods in working order. An escrow service will also act as a mediator in times of dispute.
If you do use an escrow service, please note that there are scamsters who set up fake escrow sites to facilitate their scams. If someone suggests using an escrow service other escrow.com then it is probably fake.
FinditClassifieds.com does not tolerate abuse of our service or any kind of fraudulent or criminal activity. Any user suspected of such will be immediately removed from our service. However in common with all other similar sites, we cannot possibly prevent all occurrences. It is our whole community that comes together to fend off those who abuse our service.
If you do come across something suspicious, please alert us immediately by clicking on the Alert Support Team hyperlink found on the left panel of every Reply or Ad. Alternatively, you may contact us to send more details.