The Post a Note community is full of awesome, lovely, and honest people. Unfortunately, however, sometimes we come across a “user” who needs to be met with a healthy dose of scepticism, just like there are people in our everyday lives who fit that description.
Here at Post a Note, safety is most important to us and we monitor the site 24/7, taking down every scam immediately before you will even notice. However, we are only human, and sometimes a fraudulent listing might not seem fraudulent at first glance. That’s why we would like to arm you with the wits needed to recognize scammers (and inform us):
1) Their Ad Sounds to Good to be True.
Sometimes, an ad sounds too good to be true. The price might be very low, without an explanation. The seller might offer delivery to your door (for free), or make other claims that make the offer irresistible.
Sometimes these offers are legit. However, we advise that if you come across such an ad, please use the “Record as spam” button on the site. Every item that has been flagged will be reviewed by our staff. Due to potential mis-use of the reporting feature, however, we only take down ads (that seem legit) when they have been flagged three times.
2) The Seller Takes Long to Respond.
If you contacted the seller and do not receive a response before a week has elapsed or you receive no response at all, it is possible that the seller is not interested in actually selling the product or does not own the item. However, it could also mean that the seller has already sold the items and merely forgot to take it off the site.
3) Their Response to Your Ad sounds Sketchy
Some scammers send a very long response to an initial inquiry, often in broken English that resembles a software-based translation (e.g. Google Translate), rather than an actual email.
Often, scammers also give a lot of irrelevant information, sometimes with the intention to elicit sympathy (e.g. mentioning family problems that force them to sell the item).
4) The Scam Sales Pitch
The words “serious”, “sincere”, or “genuine” might also be used to make the offer sound legit. Often, some religious references (e.g. may you be blessed) may also appear in their response, and often these references seem out of context.
5) Asking for Personal Information
A seller asking for banking information, money transfers to a shipping company or very personal details, should certainly be considered as scammer. Also, a claim that an “agent” has been involved, in whatever way, should make you sceptical.
If you have any doubts about a seller (or a potential buyer), please inform us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you very much for your help to keep the site clean and safe for everyone to enjoy!
For more tips, please see our blog post from August 2014 on how to avoid scams.
All the best,
Your Post a Note Team!
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