Although we do our best to moderate suspicious posts and even charge a small fee to help filter scammers, be alert when dealing with tasks, promotions, offers, etc.

Recognizing scams

Most scams attempts involve one or more of the following:

Examples of Scams involving transactions

1. Someone claims your transaction is guaranteed, that a buyer/seller is officially certified, OR that a third party of any kind will handle or provide protection for a payment:

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

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

4. Distant person offers to send you a cashier's check or money order and then have you wire money:

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

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

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