Avoid Scams

February 22, 2018


Safety tips

  • Do not extend payment to anyone you have not met 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, no third party provides a "guarantee".
  • Never give out financial info: bank account, social security, paypal account, etc.




Is this listing a scam?


  • Prices that are simply too good to be true.
  • Bad photo quality (some scammers will take photos of a computer screen), use of only stock photos, or no photos at all.
  • Email or text from someone that is not local to your area.
  • Inability or refusal to meet face-to-face to complete the transaction.


Fraud or scam complaint centers in 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