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Your Safety

Golden Rules:

  • Only deal with people face to face.
  • Avoid all remote transactions. Don’t send or receive money using Western Union, MoneyGram, Paypal, Cheque, Bank Transfer or any other methods
  • Do not trade with anyone who is unable to meet you in person.
  • Always meet in a public place and take a friend with you. If you are not be able to take someone with you make sure you are letting your friends or family member where you are going and take a fully charged mobile phone.
  • If you don’t feel comfortable with any transactions or meeting a stranger, then don’t do it
  • Do not carry a large amount of cash with you when arrange a meeting with the seller i.e. when you are buying a car or renting a property. Remember, a genuine seller is always happy to make further arrangements.

If you follow the above rules you will avoid most of the scams and frauds.

Online scams and frauds on the news

Read about various scams and frauds took place using online

How to spot a scam or fraudulent attempt?

Most of the common scams have any of the following:

  • Buyer or seller is unable to meet face to face (often they are not in the country or in the same town as you)
  • Ask you to send or receive money by Western Union, MoneyGram, Paypal, Cheque, Bank Transfer etc
  • If you are renting, they ask for a deposit before showing any property
  • They encourage you to carry or bring a large amount of money when arranging a meeting
  • They decline to meet in a public place

For further information regarding your safety online, please check the links of some useful organisations below:

Get Safe Online   Crime Stoppers   Action Fraud   SOCA
Think Jessica   PCEU   Metropolitan Police