Thousands of people buy and sell successfully on Ad Trader every month, but for the novice and slightly cautious we?ve put together some helpful hints and tips for safe buying and selling.
Advertisers who have recently placed paid for ads are contacted by someone pretending to be Ad Trader accounts staff. They claim that there is a problem with the original payment and request the credit card details again.
On no account reveal your credit/debit card details to these callers. Either hang up or advise the caller that you will phone back on the telephone numbers listed online. Please be advised that all Private advertising is covered with an Ad Trader Customer Privacy Number so these callers do not have access to your own telephone numbers.
Buyers being sent a cheque worth more than the value of the item and then being asked for the surplus to be returned. The cheque will clear in your account and then be refused or stopped a few weeks later, leaving you without the money, no item and also out of pocket for the surplus you paid back.
Sellers claiming that there are fees to import the product into the country. Don?t pay them as you often lose the money and don?t get the product.
If a seller suggests using an online Escrow service beware as these are sometimes run by fraudsters who will take your money and not send you the product. Visit www.escrow.com for more information.
An overseas buyer for your property wishing to meet to discuss payment terms, offering all expenses paid travel. Terms are usually agreed in excess of your asking price and for ?tax? reasons you are asked to make a payment in cash and full funds will then get transferred within the UK for your property. When you return with the cash it is stolen from you.
A seller will offer to ship a pet (usually sought after breeds) from overseas and get you to pay for this upfront. In most cases the pet doesn?t exist and you are left out of pocket.
Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, then it usually is.
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