Let’s look at the most important thing first: deals that are too good to be true, are often just that!!
Where business is done, people will be cheated. This is sad but unfortunately the reality, and sometimes it can be problem for our site (as with any other sales and trading portal).
The best protection for direct trade is to keep a watchful eye, common sense, and take some precautions:
1. Try wherever possible to inspect the goods, collect and pay upon delivery! This offers the best protection as the goods can be checked!
2. Be wary of transactions abroad, but also from abroad!
One popular trick by fraudsters is to accept an offer to pay by Western Union, check or similar means. Then too much is transferred, and the excessive amount has to be recovered by bank transfer, or they pretend that the supplier should pay the amount to the carrier. Often, the transaction is then not cleared by the bank.
3. Check addresses and contradictions:
- Everyone is looking for a bargain, but if priced unrealistically low, it is usually not serious.
- Call vendors to verify their address. Just Google the seller and ask for a landline number instead of a phone number! By simple measures fake deals can often be revealed. Email addresses, especially free email addresses, cannot be traced.
- Be careful when the specified address is in the UK, and the transfer is to go abroad, or the address is the south of the Uk and the goods are then suddenly in north. Or the company headquarters are in the south, and the company account for the transfer is with a bank in the north of the UK.
-In an agreement with a purchaser they ask to do make bank transfer to a UK account for a better assignment or faster delivery! The scammers then demand the transfer documents to be able to send the goods faster. CAUTION ! You may be transferring to an account from an online store, Bitcoin exchanges or similar, and pay the order of the fraudster.
-If you doubt that the pictures of the goods are from the supplier, ask for an image with a specified note by you with a number code.
-If a seller categorically refuses the collection or payment through Paypal, it's better to refuse the offer! If you pay by Paypal make sure you have acquainted yourself beforehand with their Buyer Protection directly with Paypal!