With the increased popularity of e-transfers, there has been an increase in reports of scammers asking for a deposit or payment in advance. NL Classifieds strongly advises against sending money without viewing or securing the item for sale.
If a seller is trying to get you to send them money to hold an item this should be a red flag.
I can trust them because they are local!!! Not TRUE!!! Many of the scammers lately appear to be local; right here is Newfoundland and Labrador.
We recommend never sending money for an item until you have the item in hand. If you do choose to send money then beware that you could lose it.
If you feel that you have been scammed then report it to your local police department as soon as possible. Keep copies of all your emails, text messages, phone number if you spoke to them and any other thing that could help the police.
- A list of RCPM offices can be found here: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/detach/en/find/NL
- Royal Newfoundland Constabulary website: https://www.rnc.gov.nl.ca/
If you have any emails or text conversations with a scammer and would like to share please contact us and we will try to add it to this page.