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Avoid Scams: Always Be Aware
When advertising goods for sale or looking to find a bargain on itsmymarket.com, especially goods with a significant value, be aware of fraudsters operating in the market. These scammers are often professional conmen who work to leave both buyers and sellers out of pocket.
On itsmymarket.com, we encourage our buyers and sellers to communicate. While the majority of our users do not encounter any problems, a small minority have been contacted by Scammers abusing the contact features of itsmymarket.com. The scams are often very similar, but you must always be cautious whether you are buying or selling.
We advise you to read these common scamming tactics. Remember, these apply outside of itsmymarket.com too.
Advice to Sellers: Be vigilant
Sellers tend to be targeted, as they can be contacted by scammers pretending to be interested buyers. Here are a few tips to make sure you don't get caught out:
Read more common scamming tactics.
This is rare but its worth mentioning! Someone will entice buyers to make contact with them. Maybe they are advertising something for sale at a price too-good-to-be-true, or perhaps they want you to call them for details about an item.
To make sure they are genuine sellers follow these basic steps:
Don't get stung
Find out more about the common scams, and how to read the signs. Unfortunately, we can't get involved on your behalf as the transaction is between the buyer (scammer) and the seller (you).
But, if this does happen to you, please contact your local police and Trading Standards Officer as soon as possible, as they may be able to assist. We would also advise you to review your rights by visiting the Consumer Direct Website.
Trading Standards: www.tradingstandards.gov.uk
For your safety
Buyers: For an easy transaction we recommend you view the item before purchasing it. For your own safety we advise that you do not go alone, take someone with you, if you must go alone let someone know of the meeting time and location.
Sellers: For an easy transaction we recommend that you let the potential buyer view your item before they purchase it. For your own safety we advise that you do not meet the potential buyer alone, if you must we advise you let someone know of the meeting time and location.
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