Personal safety tips:
The overwhelming majority of buytradesell.org users are trustworthy and well-intentioned.
With billions of human interactions facilitated through buytradesell.org, the incidence of violent crime has been extremely low.
Nevertheless, it's very important to take the same common sense precautions online as you would offline.
When meeting someone for the first time, please remember to:
Insist on a public meeting place, like a cafe
Do not meet in a secluded place, or invite strangers into your home
Be especially careful when buying/selling high value items
Tell a friend or family member where you're going
Take your cell phone along, if you have one
Consider having a friend accompany you
Trust your instincts
Taking these simple precautions helps make buytradesell.org safer for everyone.
For more information about personal safety online, check out these resources:
You can sidestep would-be scammers by following these common-sense rules whenever using buytradesell.org:
DEAL LOCALLY WITH FOLKS YOU CAN MEET IN PERSON - follow this one rule and avoid 99% of scam attempts.
NEVER WIRE FUNDS VIA WESTERN UNION, MONEY-GRAM or any other wire service - anyone who asks you to do so is likely a scammer.They Will Ask You To Send The Extra Funds To There Shipper DONT DO IT......
FAKE CASHIER CHECKS & MONEY ORDERS ARE COMMON, and BANKS WILL CASH THEM AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE when the fake is discovered weeks later.
buytradesell.org IS NOT INVOLVED IN ANY TRANSACTION, and does not handle payments, guarantee transactions, provide escrow services, or offer "buyer protection" or "seller certification"
NEVER GIVE OUT FINANCIAL INFORMATION (bank account number, social security number, eBay/PayPal info, etc.)
AVOID DEALS INVOLVING SHIPPING OR ESCROW SERVICES and know that ONLY A SCAMMER WILL "GUARANTEE" YOUR TRANSACTION.
DO NOT RENT HOUSING WITHOUT SEEING THE INTERIOR, OR PURCHASE EXPENSIVE ITEMS SIGHT-UNSEEN - in all likelihood that housing unit is not actually for rent and that cheap item does not exist.
DO NOT SUBMIT TO CREDIT CHECKS OR BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR A JOB OR FOR HOUSING UNTIL YOU HAVE MET THE INTERVIEWER OR LANDLORD/AGENT IN PERSON.
Report Anyone You Feel Is Not Trustworthy Or Dangerous To Your Local Authoritity.