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Due Diligence in classifieds forum deals


GrumpyOne
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All,

Recently there has been an uptick in potential scammers here on the forum. We try to catch them early and remove them, but we can't catch them all. This is just a reminder to do your due diligence when making a classifieds deal. 

If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

If you have a WTB ad up, and someone contacts you saying they have what you want for sale, and they have zero (0) posts on the forum, it is probably a scam.

When in doubt of the authenticity of a forum member, contact a moderator.

Do your research. 

 

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  • 3 weeks later...

More and more scams on popular sites. Several long time members have had their account logons hacked.  So these scammers are riding on the positive feedback and long term membership of good people.  
 

So just because they have positive feedback and have been around for a while, don’t send money without still doing a little vetting 

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The biggest/worst thing I've been seeing here is new members with zero posts, but with a bunch of Private Messages in their stats. We can't read those messages, but we can see the volume. Too often we find out those people created an account with no intention other than to cheat members here. They like to target Want To Buy (WTB) ads. 

 

Post one and you might get an offer that's too good to be true, that also includes a soft payment option that's actually a requirement (gift cards, BitCoin, XYZ transfer app, etc.). 

 

Beware. 

 

 

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