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Scams and Fraud

  • Deal locally with folks you can meet in person - follow this one simple rule and you will avoid 99% of the scam attempts.

  • Never wire funds via western union, moneygram or any other wire service - anyone who asks you to do so is a scammer.

  • Fake cashier checks & money orders are common, and banks will cash them and then hold you responsible when the fake is discovered weeks later.

  • This website not involved in any transaction, and does not handle payments, guarantee transactions, provide escrow services, or offer "buyer protection" or "seller certification"

  • Never give out financial information (bank account number, social security number, eBay/PayPal info, etc.)

  • Avoid deals involving shipping or escrow services and know that only a scammer will "guarantee" your transaction.


Who should I notify about fraud or scam attempts?

  • FTC toll free hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)

  • FTC online complaint form (www.ftc.gov)

  • Canadian PhoneBusters hotline: 888-495-8501

  • Internet Fraud Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov/)

  • Non-emergency number for your local police department.


Recognizing scams

Most scams involve one or more of the following:

  • inquiry from someone far away, often in another country

  • Western Union, Money Gram, cashier's check, money order, shipping, escrow service, or a "guarantee"

  • inability or refusal to meet face-to-face before consumating transaction


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