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2018-04-24 08:42:19

Safety Tips

Be aware; don't become a victim of fraud

Users of  may receive fraudulent offers for the items they have listed. Use these guidelines to protect yourself from fraud.

While community members who use have success with buying, selling, renting or connecting with others. Here are several safety guidelines to help make sure that your usage of is safe.

The overwhelming majority of users are trustworthy and well-meaning. Nevertheless, please take the same common sense precautions online as you would offline.

It is important that we help keep our community members safe from people attempting to scam or defraud them and the best way to address this problem is to ensure that all transactions take place locally and in-person.

We request you to take the following precautions:

When buying or selling, you should meet in-person to see the product. 
Learn as much as you can about who you are meeting or trading with before you complete the transaction is all about local transactions. 

Never send or wire money to sellers or buyers
This includes never mailing a cheque or using wire payment services to pay for items found on 

Be wary of Users 
Users with no reliable contact information, who respond slowly or not at all. does not offer any sort of buyer protection
Any emails or websites that talk about such systems are scams, even if they have the logo. If you receive any emails promoting these services, please forward the message to us. 

Never provide your banking information 
Do not share your banking details (e.g. credit card number) with others.  

Protect personal information (Including Given @
Do not share your personal details unless you know the other person and want them to visit you. Also never give out your password, even if asked to do so in an email supposedly sent by we will never ask for your password.

Make yourself aware of common scams and fraud 

1. Phone number listed is wrong.
2. Buyer or seller explains that they are currently out of the country.
3. Buyer or seller explains that a third party or service will pick up or deliver the item.
4. A product is advertised at a very low price.
5.  The other party wants to complete the sale outside of (if you do this, you lose any protections that the site operator offer to their users).
6. The other party insists on immediate payment, or payment by electronic funds transfer or a wire service.
7. Email inquiry is poorly written, generic, or strange sounding.
8. Offer is simply too good to be true.
9. Seller or Buyer says that will handle the transaction. is NEVER involved in any transaction between buyer and seller. Anyone who claims otherwise is a scammer.
10. Seller or Buyer says that offers a purchase protection or warranty program.  DOES NOT offer any type of purchase protection or warranty program nor do we partner with any third parties to offer such program. Anyone who claims otherwise is a scammer. 

Individuals from outside the UAE will often respond to or post ads on various classified websites. These offers are most common with big ticket items such as major appliances, ATVs, cars or other Expensive items. The individuals will often claim they are from number of different countries. These offers usually take the form of email, but please be aware that they have also been known to other means of communication.

Typically they agree to purchase your item and send counterfeit cashier’s checks or money orders (often without verification that you will sell the item) in amounts exceeding the asked price. They then request that the extra money be returned to them via a legitimate means usually Western Union.

By the time the bank discovers the fraud and reverses the deposited check or money order, the excess money has usually already been sent to the fraudulent buyer, and the item may have been shipped. In every instance the bank will pass the loss back to you, who deposited the counterfeit check this means you are accountable for the cash sent as well as any fees, and likely will not be able to retrieve your item if it has shipped.

Users should understand that is meant to be a LOCAL Portal. All offers should be considered carefully, especially any offers received from outside of UAE and the immediately surrounding areas. These fraud schemes should not deter users from using the Internet as a place to sell and buy goods. Users should feel completely safe in placing ads, but should use wisdom in offers received from interested parties.

These messages are simply an annoyance, and cannot harm you if you don't respond to them. If you are suspicious please let them know that you are not interested (or just ignore their offer). It is not necessary to forward or reply these messages to . 

Use common sense
If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is not.

Be skeptical 
Don't believe everything you read online. People may post false or misleading information about various topics, including their own identities. This is not necessarily done with malicious intent; it could be unintentional, an exaggeration, or a joke. Take appropriate precautions, though, and try to verify the authenticity of any information before taking any action

Use strong passwords 
Protect your account with passwords that cannot easily be guessed. If your password is compromised, someone else may be able to access your account and pretend to be you.

Keep software, particularly your web browser, up to date 
Install software updates so that attackers cannot take advantage of known problems or vulnerabilities. Many operating systems offer automatic updates. If this option is available, you should enable it.

Use and maintain anti-virus software 
Anti-virus software helps protect your computer against known viruses, so you may be able to detect and remove the virus before it can do any damage. Because attackers are continually writing new viruses, it is important to keep your definitions up to date.

How to Be a Safe Buyer

There are a number of things you can and should do to ensure you don't get taken advantage of when buying and selling items on .

1. Always be vigilant for scams (especially those claiming to be from or originating overseas).
2. Always ask for paperwork (i.e. registration, warranty info, title, etc.) to verify the seller's claims.
3. Always verify the item's condition before payment.
4. Have an expert examine the item before you buy.
5. Always print a copy of the  ad for your records
6. Make sure the terms of the sale are clear.
7. Meet Seller in-person to see the item and exchange money.  emboldens face-to-face, local trading.
8. For personal ease and safety take someone with you, or have someone with you if a buyer is coming to your home or workplace. If this is not possible, arrange to meet in a public place. If it's a home service ad, ask the poster to produce identity and proof of qualification before inviting them into your home.
9. Be cautious of anyone who refuses to communicate on the telephone.
10. When buying a vehicle, does a free registration check
11. Be honest about your expectations.

Know the site Terms of UseInform of any attempted fraud or suspicious emails, Ads, or other activity by community members.  In case of fraud, report it to the local authorities and inform us @ Most importantly, if something seems out of the ordinary or inconsistent - take precautions to protect yourself.

Thank You.

Safe Oforoing.. :-)