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Basic Safety Tips
Last modified 10 months ago
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.
Internet Fraud Complaint Center
- FTC Video:
How to report scams to the FTC
FTC complaint form
and hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)
(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
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
or 888-495-8501 (toll-free)
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
If you suspect that a Curb Rack post may be connected to a scam, please send us the details to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.