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Top Five Safety Tips.

1. Always meet locally and in-person if possible to see the item and exchange money. Don’t send money in advance of receiving items, or send items in advance of receiving payment.


2. Meet buyers/sellers in a well-lit public place.


3. Take someone with you or let someone know where you are going.


4. Do not carry large sums of money with you. If you are looking to buy something expensive then we recommend that you meet with the seller to view the item first and then arrange to return with money for payment if you are happy to continue with the purchase.


5. Always check the item and make sure you are happy with it, before parting with any money.


Other Trading Tips.



Never provide your personal or banking information (e.g. credit card number) to others over the Internet.


Event Tickets:

When buying tickets for events please be aware that some tickets may have terms and conditions printed on them that prohibit or limit the ability of the original buyer to sell them to someone else. Some event tickets, e.g. Glastonbury Festival, may also feature a photograph of the original buyer which may mean that anyone other than the original buyer may be refused entry to the event.


Airline Travel Tickets:

When buying airline tickets we suggest you take the seller's name and ticket number, check the ticket exists and take responsibility yourself for changing the names.



Always view properties or prospective tenants in person, try to have another person with you when meeting/viewing, and don’t be afraid to ask to see some kind of identification.



Find out as much as you can about the prospective employer from independent resources. Be wary of any employer prepared to offer you a job/ an employee prepared to accept a job without meeting you first. If you are an employer, follow up on references and check on their authenticity. Never provide your bank account details when applying for a job. This should only happen once you have accepted an offer and started with the company, and only when you have met your employer in-person and verified their identity through independent resources.  



Phishing or Spoof Link Scam:

You get an email that claims to be from a reliable company and requests that you reply or follow a link to provide personal information. These are fake and are known as “spoofs” or “phishing”. Website pages can be easily faked, NEVER reply using any link always go via the companies official site. Any emails which combine urgency with some need for personal details should be treated with caution, no matter whom they purport to be from. Website pages can be easily faked.


Payment Protection or Escrow Scam:

Payment or protection services by Paypal or other well known sites such as eBay. You get an email that claims to be from eBay, PayPal or another company and offers buyer protection or an online payment system, perhaps directly in connection for a transaction with someone you have met online. Or perhaps the buyer or seller suggests you use a payment or protection service by one of these companies and sends you to a link to follow instructions. These are fake and are known as “spoofs” or “phishing”. While some companies may offer payment or protection schemes, the email or instructions you have received may not be genuine. If you receive an email alleging to be from a company offering a service always go directly to the company’s official website and look for details of the service.


Moneygram and Western Union Scam:

Requests to use money transfer services like Western Union or Moneygram. These services are not meant for transactions between strangers and in our experience they are favoured by fraudsters. Be aware that fraudsters use different ways to trick people to use these services. One popular trick is that they ask you to prove that you have funds by sending money to a friend or relative via these services and show them the receipt. All they need is the tracking number from your receipt and they will be able to collect your money. Any requests to use these services in any way at all, connected to a transaction with a stranger, is a major alarm bell and should not be followed.


Cheque Overpayment Scam:

You receive a cheque worth more than the value of the items/ rent/ job and are then asked for the surplus money to be returned to them or a third party, for example “to pay for shipping”. The cheque will clear into your bank, only to be stopped/refused weeks later. At this point, the Banks/Building Societies will take the full cheque amount back out of your account. Not only will you have lost the goods, you will be out of pocket for the amount of the cheque and the amount you passed on as the difference.


Pet Shipping Scams:

A seller will claim to have a pet and will offer to ship them from an overseas location, or even get you to book seats on a plane! These are usually sought after dog breeds such as English Bulldogs, Yorkshire Terriers and Chihuahuas. These ads are usually accompanied by ‘staged’ pictures. The pets don't exist and the fraudsters simply try to get you to pay money upfront. Remember: be wary of overseas sellers.


Work from home:

Some work from home opportunities are fronts for money laundering. A key warning sign should be any 'job' that involves you receiving cheques and cashing them (these jobs are sometimes referred to as “money mules”). Another warning sign is a job that doesn’t require an in-person interview. Other work from home offers can be "pyramid schemes" which require you to recruit other members in order to get paid. For example, an ad may say that you can make 100 an hour by stuffing envelopes. But to make that money, you need to sell the system to others.

Finally, if you would like more safety advice or are unsure about anything, please contact the goodads team.  We are always happy to help.


419 Scams:

You get an email saying that your help is needed to take money out of a country and that you will be paid a commission for your help. Eventually they will ask you for money to help them take the large amount of money out of the country and once you pay you will never hear from them again.

Finally, if you would like more safety advice or are unsure about anything, please contact the goodads team.  We are always happy to help. © 2010-2018
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