Please follow the following common sense advice when responding to adds on the site
- DEAL LOCALLY WITH PEOPLE YOU CAN MEET IN PERSON - follow this one rule and avoid most of the scam attempts online.
- IF it is too good to be true it is probably not true
- MEET in A Public place such as Malls , COFFEE SHOP, Library ect
- Bring Witnesses most of the time and DO NOT SUBMIT TO CREDIT CHECKS OR BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR A JOB OR FOR HOUSING UNTIL YOU HAVE MET THE INTERVIEWER OR LANDLORD/AGENT IN PERSON
- Verify that items you are buying is what is expected and described in the application or website
- Verify Id whenever possible and get written receipts
- NEVER PROVIDE PERSONAL INFORMATION ONLINE WHEN RESPONDING TO ADDS (SSN, DATE OF BIRTH, OR ANY SENSITIVE INFORMATION COULD BE USED FOR IDENTY THEFT)
- NEVER WIRE FUNDS VIA WESTERN UNION, MONEYGRAM or any other wire service - anyone who asks you to do so is a scammer.
- FAKE CASHIER CHECKS & MONEY ORDERS ARE COMMON, and BANKS WILL CASH THEM AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE when the fake is discovered weeks later.
- SOLVOLIST PROVIDE ONLY LISTING SERVICES AND IS NOT INVOLVED IN ANY TRANSACTION, and does not handle payments, guarantee transactions, provide escrow services, or offer "buyer protection" or "seller certification"
- NEVER GIVE OUT FINANCIAL INFORMATION (bank account number, social security number, eBay/PayPal info, etc.)
- AVOID DEALS INVOLVING SHIPPING OR ESCROW SERVICES and know that ONLY A SCAMMER WILL "GUARANTEE" YOUR TRANSACTION.
- DO NOT RENT HOUSING WITHOUT SEEING THE INTERIOR, OR PURCHASE EXPENSIVE ITEMS SIGHT-UNSEEN - in all likelihood that housing unit is not actually for rent and that cheap item does not exist.
- DO NOT ACCEPT ANY OFFER TO RENT/BUY OR DEPOSIT FOR RENT ONLINE OR ACCEPT CASHIER CHECK FOR SUCH ARRANGEMENT OR PAYMENT. (A RENTER WOULD PROBABLY STOP BY IN PERSON PRIOR TO RENTING )
- FTC toll free (877-FTC-HELP)
- Internet Fraud complaint center
- SIIA software and Content Piracy reporting.
Ohio Residents can contact the OHIO Attorney General consumer Complaints
If you are defrauded by someone you met in person, contact your local police department.
If you suspect that a Solvolist post may be a scam please Flag it and send us an email at email@example.com
Most of the internet scams involve one or more of the following:
- Inquiry from someone far away, often in another country
- Western Union, Money Gram, cashier's check, money order, shipping, escrow service, or a "guarantee"
- Inability or refusal to meet face-to-face for transactions
- Request to receive money or funds on behalf of a company or a distant person.
Examples of Scams mostly involve :
. Someone claims that Solvolist will guarantee a transaction, certify a buyer/seller, OR claims that Solvolist will insure your payment.
A person offers a genuine-looking (but fake) cashier's check
Someone offers to send you a money order and then have you wire money:
A seller suggests use of an online escrow service.
Someone requests wire service payment via Western Union or MoneyGram:
- - Scam "bait" items include apartments, laptops, TVs, cell phones, tickets, and other high value items
- - Often claim that an MTCN or confirmation code is needed before he can withdraw your money - this is FALSE, once you've wired money, it is GONE.
- - Apartment listing may be local, but landlord/owner is "travelling" or "relocating" and needs you to wire money to them abroad
- - Deal often seems too good to be true, price is too low, rent is below market, etc
A seller asks for a partial payment upfront, after which he will ship goods
Foreign company offers you a job receiving payments from customers, then wiring funds to them