Fraud Resource Guide
This guide describes Potential Fraud and Internet Scams
Tagsaler users take note: We highly recommend reading this guide before
sending money or goods to anybody. Various scams and fraudulent methods of transaction
exist on the internet today - Especially so-called NIGERIAN SCAMS!
› Also, please do not hesitate to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
if you are suspicious of any ad. We will gladly do what we can to investigate
it and take the proper steps in remedying this unfortunate circumstance.
As we all have come to realize, the internet can be an
excellent tool for e-commerce. However, a small percentage of business transactions
on the internet are subject to frauds and scams. As with normal transactions,
buyers and sellers need to be aware of their surroundings and use solid discretion
› Be aware that Tagsaler
shields your e-mail address from public view. We do this to protect you from spam,
hide your e-mail address from annoying solicitors (and to encourage only serious
buyers and sellers). Bear in mind that even though your e-mail address is initially
hidden, people can still contact you after unlocking your post. Some of those
contacts may be from unscrupulous people.
Said people may utilize an old scam originating from
Nigeria that has found new prominence on the internet. This scam is also commonly
known as a "419" scam and usually involves cheating people using a variety
The most common type of Nigerian scam used today on classified
sites involves an offer to buy your item where the scammer makes up some reason
for needing to send you a check for more than the asking price. The scammer will
ask you to send the difference in money back to them. These checks or money orders
they send are counterfeit. Even if the bank initially cashes them, when the bank
realizes their mistake, they will require you to return the money in full.
› To find out more information about the Nigerian type scams, Visit
In general, be cautious of potential buyers who make
offers to buy your item without asking additional questions. Usually, these
scammers are in such a hurry to engage you in the scam that they fail to ask
obvious questions that a legitimate buyer probably would.
The latest trend in these Nigerian type scams is that the scammers are contacting
sellers via a telephone
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Tagsaler highly recommends the use of escrow services
when buying an item through an unsure seller. Escrow is a secure, inexpensive
method of conducting personal transactions where money is held in a protected
account that cannot be touched by the seller until the satisfying conditions
of the sale have been met. Many banks and institutions offer escrow services
such as Escrow.com
› To report internet fraud seek this
online partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center.
› Tagsaler also recommends becoming familiar with these
additional websites dealing with internet fraud:
Please use common sense and strong discretion when dealing
on Tagsaler, as Tagsaler is simply a venue to connect potential buyers to sellers,
with limited ways to monitor any transaction and zero liability. We do not want to see anyone scammed - only benefited!