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 Avoiding Scams and Fraud            Follow us on Twitter
   At XtraCash Classifieds, we loathe scammers. Whilst measures are in place to try and reduce the risk of
   our users being scammed, ultimately, the responsibility and accountability, lies with you, our users.
   We rely on our XtraCash Classifieds community to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activities to us.
   This can be done by emailing abuse@xtracash.co.za - Please ensure that you include as much information
   as possible.


 Recognising Scams and Fraud
  Most scams involve one or more of the following:

  1. An enquiry from someone far away, often in another country.
  2. Western Union, Money Gram, cashier's cheque, money order, shipping, escrow service, or a guarantee.
  3. Inability or refusal to meet face-to-face or offer a local phone number.
  4. Companies pretending to be large organisations but using a free email domain such as Yahoo, Gmail,
      Hotmail,etc.


 Examples of scams
  1. Someone claims that XtraCash Classifieds will guarantee a transaction, certify a buyer/seller, OR claims that
      XtraCash Classifieds will handle or provide protection for a payment:

   - These claims are fraudulent, as XtraCash Classifieds does not have any role in any transaction.
   - Scammers will often send an official looking email that appears to come from XtraCash Classifieds, offering
      a guarantee, certifying a seller, providing payment services -- all such emails are fakes!

  2. Distant person offers a genuine-looking (but fake) cashier's cheque:

   - You receive an email offering to buy your item, or rent your apartment, sight unseen.
   - Cashier's cheque is offered for your sale item, as a deposit for an apartment, or for just about anything else
     of value.
   - Value of cashier's cheque often far exceeds your item - scammer offers to trust you, and asks you to
      wire the balance via money transfer service.
   - Banks will often cash these fake cheques AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE WHEN THE CHEQUE FAILS TO
     CLEAR, including criminal prosecution in some cases!
   - Scam often involves a 3rd party (shipping agent, business associate owing buyer money, etc.)

  3. Someone requests wire service payment via Western Union or MoneyGram:

   - Often claim that an MTCN or confirmation code is needed before he can withdraw your money - this is FALSE,
      once you've wired money, it is GONE.
   - Scam bait items include laptops, plasma TVs, cell phones, tickets - but could be almost anything.
   - Common countries currently include: Nigeria, Romania, Ukraine, Spain, UK, Italy, Netherlands - but could
      be anywhere.
   - Deal often seems too good to be true.

  4. Distant person offers to send you a money order and then have you wire money back:

   - This is ALWAYS a scam, in our experience - the cashier's cheque is FAKE.
   - Sometimes accompanies an offer of merchandise, sometimes not.
   - Scammer often asks for your name, address, etc. for printing on the (fake) cheque.
   - Deal often seems too good to be true.

  5. Distant seller suggests use of an online escrow service:

   - Most online escrow sites are FRAUDULENT, operated by scammers.
   - For more info, do a Google search on fake escrow or escrow fraud.

  6. Distant seller asks for a partial payment upfront, after which he will ship goods:

   - He says he trusts you with the partial payment.
   - He may say he has already shipped the goods.
   - Deal often sounds too good to be true.

  7. Foreign company offers you a job receiving payments from customers, then wiring funds:

   - Foreign company may claim it is unable to receive payments from its customers directly.
   - You are typically offered a percentage of payments received.
   - This kind of position may be posted as a job, or offered to you via email.


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