Avoid Scams / Fraud and be Safe:


What should I do if I am harassed because of someone posting a fake or prank ad?

Click on fraud / spam link in the ad and send it to us. We take fake and prank ads seriously and if found true their IP address will be permanently blocked from posting in our site.

What should I do if I suspect a fraudulent seller/buyer?

Please inform as ASAP. Click on fraud / spam link in the ad and send it to us. We take fake and prank ads seriously and if found true their IP address will be permanently blocked from posting in our site.

Don't share your personal information

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. Never share bank account numbers, passwords, mother's maiden name, date of birth, place of birth, credit card numbers, social security numbers, or any other personal information when posting ads.

How to Detect Fraudulent Ads?

Be cautious if you come across any of the following:

• A price which looks TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE
• The advertiser lives ABROAD
• The ad is full of grammatical errors and spelling mistakes
• Non-existent TELEPHONE numbers
• The Town/City does not correspond with the State
• OVERSEAS TELEPHONE NUMBER/EMAIL in the description field

How to Avoid Scams ?
Buyers:

• MEET AND TRANSACT IN PERSON – you will avoid most scams this way.
• NEVER wire money via Western Union, MoneyGram etc. – only scammers use these. Use a form of payment that provides protection e.g. Credit cards and online payment services.
• DO NOT trust intermediaries - they are probably not who they say they are.
• DO NOT pay any deposit or upfront fee – the scammer will keep this and disappear and you won’t receive your goods
• DO NOT give out financial information – account number, social security number etc.
• DO NOT trust people who repeatedly don’t answer phone calls.
• Zipted.com

Sellers:

• MEET AND TRANSACT IN PERSON – you will avoid most scams this way.
• NEVER allow payments by wire via Western Union, MoneyGram etc. – only scammers use these. Only accept a form of payment that provides protection e.g. Credit cards and online payment services.
• DO NOT accept payments by international cheques or credit cards.
• BEWARE of fake cheques. Banks will cash these and HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE when the cheque fails to clear.
• DO NOT trust intermediaries - they are probably not who they say they are.
• DO NOT give out financial information – account number, social security number etc.
• DO NOT trust buyers who make offers which vastly exceed the sale price.
• DO NOT trust people who repeatedly don’t answer phone calls.
•.Zipted.com does not involve in brokering or provide seller certification, etc

Example Scams
Fake Cheque:

• You receive an email offering to buy your item/ rent your flat etc.
• A cheque is offered for your sale item/as a deposit for the apartment, etc.
• The value of the cheque far exceeds that of your item.
• Scammer offers to "trust" you and asks you to wire the balance via money transfer service.
• Banks will often cash these fake cheques AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE WHEN THE CHEQUE FAILS TO CLEAR, including criminal prosecution in some cases!
• The scam usually involves a 3rd party (e.g. shipping agent, business associate owing buyer money, etc).

Partial payment:

• Seller says he “trusts” you with a partial payment.
• He may claim he has already shipped the goods.
• Deal often appears too good to be true.

Overseas Buyer:

• Buyer sends you an email in English similar to the following:

I MR.LEE from ENGLAND. I want to buy your items for my friends son who has just relocated in west africa (Nigeria) and the item is needed very urgently because he has told me to buy the item for him and i dont want to disappoint him ,and dont want him to loose the competition and i have already promised him that i am going to buy it for him and send it to him in NIGERIA. So kindly tell me the price that you are expecting to sell the items. Moreso, make enquiries for the cost of shipping to NIGERIA via UPS or REGISTERED POST Service so that i can know what to do next to make the transaction fast and secured. Kindly get back to me as soon as possible.
PAYMENTS: BANK TRANSFER or MONEYGRAM

• English is usually poorly written with many spelling mistakes and grammatical errors.
• Other countries typically used include UK, Ukraine and Spain but it could be almost any.

Scams and Fraud:

No matter where we are or what we're doing, a handful of people can make it difficult for everyone. This is true in the online advertising area as well. Use the same common sense you'd use in the real world when reading an ad. If it's too good to be true, it's a scam. Please read about these common

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