Here are some tips to help you avoid scams and fraud on Free-Ads.org and anywhere else on the Internet:
Only deal with people in your local area.
The best way to avoid scammers is to deal locally, with people you can meet in person. Scammers will often contact you from another country or region or somewhere far away, asking you to ship the item you're selling.
Don't wire funds (Western Union, Money Gram, etc.).
If you're asked to wire funds, keep in mind you're talking to a scammer.
Beware of fake cashier's cheques and money orders.
Scammers will often send you a fake cashier's cheque valued above your asking price. The scammer will then ask you to wire the over-payment back to them. Your bank may even cash this cheque, but when it's discovered that the cheque is fraudulent, you will be held responsible by your bank.
Don't make payments using gift cards (iStore, Visa, etc.).
You may be dealing with a scammer if you're asked to pay using gift cards.
Beware of identity theft. Don't share your private info.
Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes over the Internet. Don't give out bank account numbers, passwords, mother's maiden name, date of birth, place of birth, credit card numbers, social security numbers, or any other personal information.
Use caution when accepting relay calls from the hearing and speech impaired.
Relay calls are a legitimate service for people with hearing and speech disabilities. However, scammers often use this service to contact you, pretending to be deaf. Remember to deal locally, with people you can meet in person.
Avoid shipping and escrow.
Scammers commonly employ fake, online escrow services.
Avoid deals that are too good to be true.
Scammers try often to post fake ads, selling items that are significantly underpriced. If you see any of these fake ads, please report them by clicking "Report this ad" in the ad.
Please understand that Free-Ads.org is a freely available service to help buyers and sellers (and etc.) find one another. Free-Ads.org is not involved in any transactions and cannot police the actions of our many users.