what should I look for?
What are signs of a scam?
Do you check all ads?
While the internet has made every tasks faster and more convenient, it is important to be safe and responsible online. NL Classifieds is the most trusted online classifieds website in the province and we strive to give our users the safest and most reliable experience possible. However, it is always best to be informed and aware of the safest online practices. For example, avoiding scams and fraud online.
Protect Your Privacy and Security
You can protect your computer and personal data from theft, misuse, and destruction with some basic precautions:
Scams - Learn how to recognize scams and what you can do to avoid them. We have a ton of great tips and information below.
Computer and online security - Defend yourself against scammers, hackers, and identity thieves by protecting your information and your computer while online. If you are a parent, you should also talk to your kids about being safe and responsible online.
At NL Classifieds we do our best to ensure our ads are legit and free from scams and fraud, however knowing what to look for is your best defense. Below you can find some common questions and information reguarding Safety and Security online.
While these are not all the possible signs of a potential scam, they are some of the more common. Here are some red flags to keep an eye out for:
It is always recommend that whenever possible to see the item(s) in person, speak to the buyer/seller on the phone and in person if logistically possible (Corner Brook to St. John's can be tough to meet in person) and never send money by e-transfer or email until you have done your homework and are absolutely sure that the item/seller are legitimate. These are some best practices to keep you safe while shopping online.
For more Safety & Security Tips, please see our blog post: http://blog.nlclassifieds.com/2016/02/tips-tricks-updated-safety-security.html
The responsibility of selling anything online anywhere is always left up to the judgment of the user when dealing with prospective buyers. Our recommendation is that if you find an email suspicious then ignore and delete it. If you do proceed and respond to the email we recommend being cautious and not to give out personal information or send anything without receiving and verifying payment.
Some suggestions would be to ask for a phone number of the prospective buyer and call them to speak over the phone rather than over email. This can even lead to meeting in person to see/show the item in question. In-person communication is ideal who buying and selling but is not always possible.
The following is a list of some recommended red flags or things to watch for when buying and selling online:
The above list is a set of guidelines only. The responsibility of buying an item posted online is always left up to the judgment of the user.
Our Customer Care Team has compiled some great tips and guidelines for online safety & security. The first link below will take you there. We have also provided some additional links for more information on internet, phone and other types of scams: