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How Do I Safely Use uwwclass Classifieds to Sell Something?

We are interested and committed to creating a user-friendly environment where it is easy for a user to post and reply ads without any concern. Advertising items for sale on internet classified sites is a great way to spread the word to likely buyers, but there are risks you take when you do. There are many things which you should keep in mind to protect yourself and your privacy online. Your first line of defense is to use reputable services and follow closely any advice the site gives about buying and selling safely. The following are the few tips and techniques you should follow.

How to create a safe ad

Online advertising gives us an opportunity to reach people as many as possible those who are interested in purchasing the goods that we post in a quick and effective way. But be careful while posting an ad as you may not know the people who respond to your ad.

  • Stick to the facts of the item being sold. Do not put any information that identifies you personally if it’s not strictly necessary. Keep in mind that every piece of information you post may be used for other purposes than you intended. Limit your information to limit your risk.
  • Look hard at any photo you post, you don’t want it to include house numbers in the background, or license plate numbers, include family members, etc. Show just the item being sold. It's always better not to post your picture and also don’t post adult material or nude images that oppose our terms and conditions.
  • If you want the convenience of allowing people to call you (as opposed to emailing you), use a free disposable phone number. You can get one easily by searching on ‘disposable phone number’ and selecting from one of several companies that provide this service. Don’t put your personal phone number in the ad – you don’t want people to be able to harass you later, and there are several reverse look-up directories may provide a wealth of information about you that can be used in ways you would not appreciate.
  • If the service does not have their own email service, create a disposable email account that does not show any personal information – like your name, location, or age. Again, you do not want people to have your primary account information to harass you through.
  • Never include your personal information in the ad like your address.

Personal Safety for personals

  • Deal locally with guys you can meet in person.
  • Don’t pursue a long-distance relationship with a stranger online.
  • Never reveal personal data to someone until you meet face-to-face and develop a level of trust. While it’s tempting to share every detail of your life with a person you think you could be in love with, that’s exactly what the scammer is counting on.
  • Your date posts an online picture that is very dark and makes it difficult to pick her out of a crowd. Most married people do not want their picture out there for everyone to see, risking the chance that someone they know could recognize them.
  • Pay attention to language. If their command of English is fuzzy, that’s a "big red flag"
  • Be suspicious if someone wants to immediately start communicating through IM and e-mail. They may want access to your computer in order to steal information.
  • Ditto someone who claims to be a soldier. There are an increasing number of scams in which con artists take photos of soldiers from social networking sites and then pretend to be trustworthy members of the military. They’ll ask potential dates for money to buy special papers they claim are needed to come home or talk to family.
  • Don’t open attachments from a stranger. If someone sends you a photo in an attachment and you open it, you may have unwittingly allowed a virus to infect your computer.
  • Don’t fall for a sob story. Many scammers claim to have lost a spouse, child, or parent in an accident or say they have a relative who is very ill.
  • Dial up your date ASAP. Someone who sounds plausible online may be an obvious fraud on the phone.
  • Never, ever wire money to a stranger.

Communicating with a prospective buyer

  • Communicate only through the anonymous email account, or your disposable phone number.
  • Understand that virtually every out-of-area buyer is a fraud.
  • If anything feels "off," stop contact.
  • When you’re comfortable that the buyer seems legitimate, ask the buyer to give you his or her phone number. (Sometimes, the area code may indicate if they are in your area.) Try the phone number to find out if it’s valid. If the person responds, chat on the phone for a bit about the item for sale and decide if the person still feels legitimate.
  • Make it clear that you will only accept cash for the item. Any other form of payment is highly likely to be fraudulent.

Show transportable items in safe, public places

  • Agree to meet during daylight hours in a public place and bring a friend to accompany you. Turn down any request to meet at your house, in an unfamiliar place, or by yourself no matter how big and tough you are.
  • Do not hand over the item until you have cash in hand. Don’t accept partial payment or anything other than cash for the transaction. If the method of payment changes from your previous agreement, walk away from the deal.
  • If the potential buyer wants time to consider and comes back later, follow the same procedures. Don’t get careless the second time around.
  • If the item being sold has significant value, meet inside a bank where you can deposit the money before leaving – this way the buyer can’t turn around and rob you. It is hard to be safer than in a bank where there is plenty of security monitoring.
  • Take someone along with you when you meet the people personally.

Show non-transportable item at home with plenty of precautions

  • The less you show, the less they know. Your house provides many clues about you, your income level, your family, and so on. All of this may be useful information to crooks and predators, so it’s smart to show as little as possible.
  • Move the item into the garage or entryway, if possible. The goal is for potential buyers to see as little as necessary of your house – ideally they won’t come inside your home at all.
  • Remove from view any items that could be stolen at the time of the visit, or that would be of interest for the potential buyer to steal later. If you have family photos on display, you may choose to put these away as well. (The less someone knows about you the better—for example, you might not want a stranger buying a couch to learn that you had young children and to be able to identify them.)
  • Make your meeting a two-step process. Arrange to meet during daylight hours and have a friend be there with you.
    • First, meet in a public place close to your house. Ask for proof of identity such as a driver’s license. (That way you know who you’re dealing with if there’s is a problem.) Note the license plate number, color, and model of the buyer’s vehicle so you have it in the event there is trouble.
    • If you’re comfortable that the buyer seems legitimate, have them follow you and your friend to your house.
  • If more than one person arrives, keep them together. A common ploy is for one person to engage you with questions while another asks to use the restroom. Decline. This splits your ability to supervise and increases their ability to scope out more of your house and any items worth stealing. It may seem rude to refuse to let someone use your bathroom, but it isn’t. Let them know where the closest public bathroom is located.
  • Don’t hand over the item until you have cash in hand. Don’t accept partial payment, or anything other than cash for the transaction. If the method of payment changes from your previous agreement, decline the deal. Avoid up-front payments via money order, wire transfer or money gram.
  • If the potential buyer wants time to consider and comes back later, follow the same procedures. Don’t get careless the second time around.

Safety buying a pet

  • Before you buy a pet from anyone, know the operation by visiting personally. A breeder should always be willing to show you their pets in person.
  • Always look for the local deal.
  • Check references, which can include veterinarians and others who've purchased pets from this breeder. And make sure you deal directly with a breeder, not a broker.
  • Use common sense. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Never hesitate to seek advice from a breeder or kennel association or your local pet shop if you're sceptimist about an ad that you have seen.
  • Avoid up-front payments via money order, wire transfer or moneygram.
  • Don't deal with anyone who promises a free puppy for just the cost of shipping. Scammers in these types of transactions often ask you to send more money because the nonexistent dog is "stuck at the airport" for various reasons such as customs complications or problems with the crate.
  • Never purchase a puppy with the promise of getting the AKC (American Kennel Club) papers from the seller at a later time. It takes 6 to 8 weeks for puppies to be ready for a new home, which is ample time for the breeder to receive the papers. It takes a couple of weeks through the mail and only a week if registration is done online. The AKC cannot help you get papers after the sale. In other words, if the seller tells you the dog is "register-able"-run the other way.
  • Internet scammers can deceive buyers by using readily available online photos or stolen photos of other people's pets to represent the nonexistent animal.
  • See if any complaints have been filed against the breeder/seller with The Humane Society ( http://hsus.org ) of the United States or Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS)(http://www.caps-web.org).

Note: With these safety precautions in place, your chances of having only positive selling experiences is very high.

 

Scams and Fraudd

We live in the world where we find “n” number of people who can make our life miserable. This is true in the online advertising area as well. If its too good to be true, it’s a scam. Please read about these common scam types to educate yourself.

Resources:

Some of the rganizations you may notify in case of scam attempts

U.S. Federal

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