How to Avoid Fraudulent Scams
Big Page is a website advertising properties, bobs, travel, vehicles, courses, buying and selling items, services and community events. Unfortunately, on occasions like all websites we can become prone to attack by fraudsters and scam artists trying to con the users of Big Page.
We frequently monitor the products advertised on the website and are always on the lookout for scams, on occasion, some ads may slip through the net. If you spot a fraudulent ad please email: firstname.lastname@example.org and we can investigate the matter further.
We have written this guide to help our users avoid falling victim to scams, fraud and help them remain safe whilst on Big Page or online.
Rules to always remember:
- When making a purchase always deal face-to-face and in person.
- Never transfer funds via Western Union or any other money transfer company.
- Do not accept cashier checks or money orders.
- Transactions should be done from the buyer into the sellers account only and NEVER via a third party account.
- Never give out personal information such as bank card numbers, date of birth, personal details etc.
- Never make a purchase without seeing the item in person.
How to recognize a scam or fraud:
- Pay attention to the grammar and spelling. There are those who’s English is a second language and their use of language usually gives away that the ad can be fraudulent - always be cautious.
- Big Page has users in more than 120 countries, but if you are selling a lawnmower, it is highly unlikely someone from the other side of the world would want it, especially if they are asking you to send the lawnmower before sending payment.
- The buyer cannot meet you in person and sends a third party to make the transaction. On occasion this can be a genuine purchase. Make sure you are receiving the payment in full and in cash.
- Big Page never guarantees or certifies any transaction, seller, buyer or item for sale nor does Big Page handle payments on behalf of users.
- If the buyer offers to pay a large lump sum in advance for example six months’ rent in advance. You could return to find your property is now a brothel or cannabis factory.
- Under-priced electronic items are commonly used in scams for example IPhone 6 for £100. Ask questions about the product, why it is being offered so cheap, is it damaged?
- Seller cannot talk on the phone or the phone number is invalid and the seller prefers communication by text or emails only.
- Rental properties that do not exist. If you do view a property, always go to the letting agents office and sign a receipt before placing a deposit.
- Properties that are cheaper than similar properties in the area for example “2 bedroom flat in Central London for £500 a month including bills”
- Firms that offer work with payment in advance.
- Payment in advance without viewing the car/property/item etc. If a seller says they are in a different location and requires you to make a small payment or deposit to show that you are genuinely interested.
- Cash or PayPal are the most secure ways of taking payment. Never accept cheques or bankers draft as they are prone to being forged.
- Query the photos and description. Asking the right questions like: How long have they owned the item, why are they selling, previous owners history, problems they have had with the item etc. can identify if they are the owner or if the item actually exists.
- Everyone loves a bargain but if it is too good to be true, it probably is.
- Never send money abroad.
- Seller will request payment or partial payment upfront before sending out goods or seeing you.
- A foreign company offers you a job sending money to them.
If you are the victim of crime either in person or online contact the police immediately and provide them with as much information as possible.
If you suspect an ad may be fraudulent or a scam, please contact us immediately with the details to: email@example.com