Safety and Fraud Protection
Need4More is committed to creating a user-friendly environment, where users can post and reply to ads and other messages freely and with minimal concern. Although the incidence of online fraud and danger are minimal, Need4More strongly suggests that you read the following guidelines and use common sense during all transactions. What follows are a number of tips and techniques you should keep in mind to protect yourself and your privacy online, whether you are using Need4More or some other site on the Internet. (Some of these suggestions "repeat" because they apply in multiple situations.) This list is not exhaustive and you should not use it as a substitute for your own common sense. As always, the best protection is to use good judgment and trust your instincts.
It's important to remember that whether you're responding to a rental ad, a job posting, personal or "for sale" ad, you've never before met the person placing the ad. Use caution. Be extra cautious of people who make up reasons for why they suddenly can't meet in person and pressure you to decide fast, especially if shipping to a foreign country. Always try to meet in public and always take a friend.
- Don't send money to someone you haven't met in person. This includes such services as wire transfer, check or escrow services, unless the escrow service is verified and known to be legitimate.
- Don't give out personal information about yourself, such as your social security number, without verifying that the person posting is legitimate.
- If you have to go to a non-public place, such as a house or apartment, it is recommended you take a friend and notify someone of your location prior to entering the building.
- Beware of checks. It takes a few weeks for your bank to notify you that you deposited a fake check. It's best to go to the bank with the buyer and get a cashier's check issued in person.
- Talk to people on the phone before giving them personal information. Use common sense and if you feel uncomfortable with anything, trust your instincts. No sale is worth your safety.
- If someone is coming to your house or apartment to check out something you advertised, make sure you're not alone when they arrive.
- If you're selling something portable but expensive, such as a digital camera or jewelry, consider showing it to people in a public place instead of your home.
- Never send a portion of the money back to the buyer, a shipping agent, or any other person.
- If selling a car, take a friend and ask for identification prior to allowing a test drive.
- If possible, always meet in a public place.
- Be careful when purchasing gift cards, coupons or other promissory notes. They may be empty or fraudulent.
- If you think an item may be stolen, avoid it and notify the police.
- Don't give money to an organization, charity or person if you haven't verified they are legitimate.
- Never purchase an item, apartment, car or any other item without seeing the item in person, or verifying with pictures. If buying an item that you have not seen, it is prudent to use a legitimate escrow service.
The overwhelming majority of Need4More users are honest, well-intentioned and can be trusted. Sellers and Buyers will occasionally meet or come in contact with dishonest people who are looking scam you. This is true in any type of interaction, be it online or in a local newspaper. Use the same common sense you'd use when reading an ad in a local newspaper. If it's too good to be true, it's probably a scam.
These links contain more information about scams:
Here are some quick ways to tell of you probably being scammed:
- The grammar and spelling in the listing or the messages is poor.
- They don't answer your questions.
- They don't send you the additional pictures you asked for.
- They make up elaborate excuses for why they can't meet in person.
- They create a sense of urgency, pressuring you to finish the transaction fast.
- They avoid talking on the phone (for example, they are never home when you call).
Need4More does not handle any aspect of the financial transaction, does not provide "Bills of Sale", or any escrow services. If you are not sure if an email is from us, please contact us ., class: "underline"
HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND EXPLOITATION
Need4More takes human trafficking, human exploitation and all other types of illegal activities very seriously. We will work closely with law enforcement officials to actively prosecute any type of illegal activity. If you suspect human trafficking or exploitation of any person, please contact us as well as contacting your local law enforcement agency.