When Sending Goods
Most fraud cases take place when the buyer and seller do not meet.
When you buy ...
- Never pay any money in advance, no matter how reliable the seller seems to be.
- Fraudsters often provide proof of identity (IC, passport, driving license, etc.) as a "guarantee". This does not protect you against fraud or being cheated!
- Postage paid by seller or registered mail is not risk-free. You have no way to verify the content of the package.
When you sell ...
- It is always better to meet and deal via COD (Cash on Delivery).
- Never send any goods without confirming that you have received full payment.
- Avoid payment by cheque. It is not guaranteed that the cheque can be cashed.
Special warning - overseas payments
- Some international payment solutions offer built-in security features, such as PayPal, but this is not common. Never use these payment services- such as Western Union, MoneyGram, or BidPay- because it may be very difficult to control/stop payment through these services. Such services are also popular with fraudsters for the same reasons.
- Never pay in advance.
- Goods sent through mail can be risky.
- Do not send money to a recipient in a foreign country.
- Avoid using most international payment services.