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Basic Safety Tips

Last modified 8 months ago

Avoiding Scams
Deal locally, face-to-face follow this one rule and avoid 99% of scam attempts.

- Do not send payments to anyone you have not met in person.
- Beware offers involving shipping - deal with locals you can meet in person.
- Never wire funds (e.g. Western Union) - anyone who asks you to is a scammer.
- Don't accept cashier/certified checks or money orders - banks cash fakes, then hold you responsible.
- Transactions are between users only, there are no "guarantees".
- Never give out financial info (bank account, social security, paypal account, etc).
- Do not rent or purchase you have not seen in person.
- Refuse background/credit checks until you have met landlord/employer in person.

Who to notify about fraud or scam attempts:
If you are defrauded by someone you met in person, contact your local police department.

United States
- 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

Canada 
- Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre or 888-495-8501 (toll-free)
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

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Recognizing scams

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.