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I sold something to someone recently here in the classifieds and a scammer checked their profile and saw their email address and asked that payment be sent to an address other than mine. If their email address hadn’t been publicly posted it wouldn’t have happened. The SASS administrators and moderators can only do so much so it’s up to you to do the little things to  keep scammers away, like not posting email addresses, phone numbers and yes, actual street addresses in your postings or profiles. 

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Folks just don't seem to care until they're scammed.:( Saw a post today with a Pards PayPal account info posted.:rolleyes:  Ya can lead em to water,......

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2 hours ago, Eyesa Horg said:

 Ya can lead em to water,......

But you can’t make them think.

 

La Sombra

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Members are being scammed by outsiders (not even Wire members) pretending to be the seller and having the payment sent to them via Paypal 

Communicate by PM.   No one can see your private messages except you and the seller.   

 

Check your public profile and delete your contact information if you have added it.   

Don't put any of these in public profile or a post:

  • email address
  • phone number
  • address

Take these basic steps to protect yourself!

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3 hours ago, Eyesa Horg said:

Folks just don't seem to care until they're scammed.:( Saw a post today with a Pards PayPal account info posted.:rolleyes:  Ya can lead em to water,......

A special shoutout to whoever was wearing Eliphalet's robe today for jumping on that one and deleting the seller info. I requested the removal. I did not want to get my purchase buggered because the seller trusted me without considering there are hyenas looking for a way to scam either party.

 

In this case, it would maybe be some "seller protection escrow service" or some such nonsense. This was an approach a few years ago. The seller would "just" have to provide their PayPal credentials to be "assured" of a "secure" sale (seller's bank account then cleaned out overnight).

 

I'll add one more caution. You just sold something. Payment by PayPal. You get an email from "PayPal" and need to log in to get your funds. You click the link. STOP! Make sure you are really on "https://paypal,.com/"whatever. If the first part does not match exactly, do not enter user name and password. Or better yet, ignore the email and go to your browser, Enter "paypal.com". Do not trust the email or the link in it for anything more than an alert to check your account.

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Yes, Thank you Moderators.

 

I had someone trying a payment scam a pard wanting to buy an item today. 

 

 

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