Post an Ad

Stay safe on

Online Scammers use various methods to lure innocent people to commit online fraud.

Following are the few known methods which scammers use, please read them carefully and watch out for such scam ads, services and Fraudsters.


Money Transfer Methods (Western Union, Ukash or MoneyGram)

The above stated services are not designed for transactions between strangers. However they’re highly favoured by scammers. Fraudsters use many different ways to trick people into using these services.

For example:

1: You will be asked for a reserving deposit before you come for a viewing, once the buyer pays through money transfer services, the scammer will stop all email and phone responses and will move on to scamming another buyer.

2: Scammer will ask you to prove that you have the funds available to purchase their “for sale” item by sending money to your friend or your relative via these services, then they will ask you to show them the money transfer receipt as a proof. All they need is the tracking number from your receipt and they’ll be able to collect your money.

If any stranger asks you to use these type of money exchange services in any way, this should sound off alarm bells and must not be followed.

Cheque Overpayment
This is a very old trick which scammers use to con an online user. Scammer will pose as a buyer, potential tenant or even an employer, then they will send you a fake or stolen cheque worth more than the value of the items/rent/job. Once cheque clears into your account they will ask you to send them or a third party the surplus money, for example ‘to pay for shipping’ etc. The cheque normally clears into your bank account within 3-5 days, only to be refused weeks later by your bank, when your bank finds out the originality of that cheque. At this stage, the bank will recover the full cheque amount back out of your account. This would then leave you in loss for the amount on the cheque and the amount you transferred on as the difference.

A Bogus email from adzshare (or any other company) asking for your personal details – logins/passwords/credit card details etc.
You get a bogus email that claims to be from adzshare or another company, this fraudulent email requests you to reply or follow a link to provide personal information. These are fake emails, they are known as ‘spoof’ or ‘phishing’ emails. Any email which combines urgency with a need for your personal details should be treated with caution, no matter whom they appear to be from.

Please note Website pages can be easily faked by scammers.

adzshare and most other companies will never send out such emails. If you get an email alleging to be from adzshare asking for your personal information, don’t follow any links provided in the email and do not send any of your information. Report it to adzshare customer services by filling up a “Contact us” form.

Payment or protection services
You get an email that falsely claims to be from adzshare, which offers buyer protection or an online payment system. This could have a direct connection with a transaction through someone you’ve met online. Or perhaps the buyer or seller suggests you use a payment or protection service from one of these companies they then send you a link to follow the instructions. These are fake links created on bogus pages of large companies such as adzshare. Such transactions are called ‘spoof’ or ‘phishing’ emails.

Please note: adzshare doesn’t offer any form of payment scheme or protection.

Sometimes there are other companies which may offer payment or protection schemes, however the email or payment instructions you have received may not be genuine. If you receive an email alleging to be from a company offering a particular service, always go directly to the company’s official website and look for the details of that service.

Fraudulent Escrow websites
A buyer/seller or potential tenant/landlord or scammer posing to be someone else will ask you to use an escrow service to complete the transaction. These escrow websites often look official, but actually they are run by fraudsters. They’ll take your money and never send you the product.

Payment for brokerage/importing
A scammer will pose as a seller claiming that there are broker fees, import duties, admin fees or similar fees required to get an item into your country. Never pay such fees. Most likely you will never get the product and will lose any money you paid.

Please always remember: adzshare is designed for your Local neighbourhoods for meeting up to deal with people or services face to face to buy or sell or to carry out any other transactions such as jobs or properties etc

Work from home
These opportunities are used as front line frauds for Money Laundering by criminals, by taking on such jobs knowingly or unknowingly you will be committing a criminal offence as you will be helping fraudster turn their fraudulent money into legitimate cash. A warning sign would be when you are offered a ‘job’ that involves you receiving cheques and cashing them. These jobs are commonly referred to as ‘money mules’.

Another warning sign for a home based job is when it doesn’t require a face to face interview.

Another work from home scam offers can be “pyramid schemes” which requires you to recruit other people to get paid. For example, A fraudulent ad may say that you can make $100 an hour by stuffing envelopes. But to make this money, you need to sell the same system to others.
419 scams
You will get an email offering you to make large sums of money over short period, Email will ask for your help to take large sums of money out of a country and in return you’ll be paid a commission for your help. Once you agree the fraudsters will ask “you” for money to help them take the large amount of money out of the country. As soon as you pay them you’ll never hear from them again.

Overseas Sellers /Pet shipping scams
A seller will claim to have a pet or a product, they will offer to ship them from an overseas location, or even get you to book seats or shipping on a plane pretending to be original. These are usually sought after dog breeds such as English Bulldogs, Yorkshire Terriers and Chihuahuas. These ads are mostly accompanied by staged pictures of the pet or the product. The pets/ products don’t exist and the fraudsters are simply trying to get you to pay money upfront. Once you have paid they will vanish. Remember, be wary of overseas sellers.

CRB (criminal record bureau)Check/ Police Clearance Letter (PCL) scams
Sometimes whilst applying for a job employers want you to complete a CRB check form or provide a PCL. Genuine employers will ask you to submit a completed CRB form or PCL either during the interview process or at ‘Job offer stage’. Be wary of any job response that asks you to send money for a CRB check or PCL before you have been interviewed.