How to Avoid Scams and Fraud

Drear Esteemed Reader, here are some tips to help you avoid scams and fraud on and anywhere else on the Internet:

Only deal with people in your area. The best way to avoid scammers is to deal locally, with people you can meet in person. Scammers will often contact you from another country or somewhere far away, asking you to ship the item you're selling.Don't wire funds (Western Union, Money Gram, etc.). If you're asked to wire funds other than an automated system when you purchase a package on, you're talking to a scammer. Please avoid. Beware of fake cashier's checks and money orders. Scammers will often send you a fake cashier's check valued above your asking price. The scammer will then ask you to wire the over-payment back to them. Your bank may even cash this check, but when it's discovered that the check is fraudulent, you will be held responsible by your bank.Don't make payments using gift cards (iStore, Visa, etc.). You may be deali…
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