TIPS FOR BUYERS
Carefully check the photograph of the item for sale and make sure it matches the description provided. Fraudsters will sometimes use pictures they’ve found online because they don’t actually have the item they’re advertising. Check items carefully and insist on any certificates for high value items such as jewellery. Never pay a deposit for items you haven’t physically inspected. If a seller is asking for a deposit to secure your purchase or to pay the courier bill, don’t buy the item. Don’t meet the seller carrying a large amount of cash. When you’ve seen the item and you’re happy, go to the bank with the seller to draw the money, or do an EFT. If possible, verify the identity of a buyer by asking for a copy of the person’s ID. Don’t use escrow services like Moneygram or Western Union in an online transaction.