|HOW TO AVOID SCAMS ON ADJOLA.COM/LOKALİLAN.COM
You can Follow these rules to aviod scams.
ALWAYS DEAL "LOCALLY" THAT YOU CAN MEET IN PERSON - follow this one simple rule and you will avoid 99% of the scam attempts on Lokalilan / Adjola.
NEVER SEND MONEY WITH WESTERN UNION, MONEYGRAM or any other wire service - anyone who asks you to do so is a crook.
FAKE BANK CHECKS & MONEY ORDERS ARE SEEN A LOT, and BANKS WILL CASH THEM AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE when the check bounces weeks later.
LOKALILAN / ADJOLA IS NOT INVOLVED IN ANY TRANSACTION, and does not handle payments, guarantee transactions, or offer "buyer protection. We only display classified ads.
NEVER GIVE OUT FINANCIAL INFO like (bank account number, social security number, PayPal info, etc.)
|How do you recognize scams?
Most scams involve these elements:
a- inquiry from someone far away, often in another country
b- Western Union, Money Gram, cashier's check, money order, shipping, escrow service, or a "guarantee"
c- inability or refusal to meet face-to-face before consumating transaction
|Common Examples of a Scam:
1. Someone claims that Lokalilan / Adjola will guarantee a transaction.
a- These claims are fraud , as Lokalilan / Adjola does not have any role in any transaction.
b- Scammer will often send an official looking email that appears to come from Lokalilan / Adjola, offering a guarantee, certifying a seller, providing payment services
all such emails are scam!
2. Someone at a different country or city offers a genuine-looking but fake cashier's bank check .
a- you receive an email (examples below) offering to buy your item, or rent your apartment, sight unseen.
b- cashier's check is offered for your sale item, as a deposit for an apartment, or for just about anything else of value.
c- value of cashier's check often far exceeds your item - scammer offers to "trust" you, and asks you to wire the balance via money transfer service
d- banks will often cash these fake checks AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE WHEN THE CHECK FAILS TO CLEAR, including criminal prosecution in some cases!
e- scam often involves a 3rd party (shipping agent, business associate owing buyer money, etc)
3. Someone requests wire service payment via Western Union or MoneyGram:
a- 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.
b- Scam items include laptops, plasma TVs, cell phones, tickets - but could be almost anything
c- common countries currently include: Nigeria, Romania, Ukraine, Spain, UK, Italy, Netherlands - but could be anywhere
d- deal often seems too good to be true
4. Some far away person, offers to send you a money order and then have you wire money:
a- this is ALWAYS a scam, in our experience - the cashier's check is FAKE
b- sometimes accompanies an offer of merchandise, sometimes not
c- scammer often asks for your name, address, etc for printing on the fake check
d- deal often seems too good to be true
5- Far away seller asks for a partial payment upfront, after which he will ship goods
a- he says he trusts you with the partial payment
b- he may say he has already shipped the goods
c- deal often sounds too good to be true
7. Foreign company offers you a job receiving payments from customers, then wiring funds
a- foreign company may claim it is unable to receive payments from its customers directly
b- you are typically offered a percentage of payments received
c- this kind of "position" may be posted as a job, or offered to you via email .
|Real scam emails sent to Lokalilan / Adjola members
SCAM EXAMPLE 1
Hi how are you?
Thanks for your mail.
The price, condition also the pics i viewed is okay by me . And my client confirm there is no problem about the price($800 ) ,my client pays with
a cashier check, he has agreed to mail out as bank cashiers check of $4500. to you on my behalf to cover the shippment fees. About the shippment,
that we be taken care by my me & my personal assistant, my personal assistant will be using his shipper to do the quick processing of the shipping of the 1997 Mazda to my client.
So all you are to do after you will received the check in your mail, Just take out your sale amount and refer the remaining money to my shipper
immediately through the western union or the money gramm outlet so to get the money fast and start the fast arrangement for the pickup of the
(1997 Mazda).Since you are the original owner of this item, and i am buying the item directly from you i will like you to write your full name
to be on the check, with the mailing address which my client will be using to issued out the check to you. I do wish to trust you by referring the rest
balance back to my shipper and also your fast doing to this transaction.
I will like to hear from you if this is okay by you and you are ready to process ,if you allready to sale your item and promise referring the rest
balance to my shipper immediately you received the check so can start the quick arrangement for the pickup. Any body that want to buy this item
this item just tell them that it as been sold. I will like to complete this transaction before the new year. I be at my computer waiting to see
your epky to my payment method mailed.
THANKS AND MAIL ME BACK WITH YOUR DETAIL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
SCAM EXAMPLE 2
Thanks for getting back to me, i will be purchasing the motorbike Like i said earlier i am based in Germany.there won't be any problems about the shipment, after payment ,the pick up will be made at your place. i have made arrangements with the prepaid shipping company. As regards payment, this is what i am going to do;
I have a client in ENGLAND who is owing me 5800POUNDS i would instruct him to make out a money order/certifiedcheck to you in that
amount and as soon as it clears your bank. you can now deduct your money from it and send me my balance,i will using use part of the money to pay
for the shipping and other expenses .you will then send my balance by via western union money transfer.Although the value of the check is more than the asking price but i think i should be able to trust you with my balance.
The reason why i am doing this is that it would take a check sent from over here in Germany 21days to clearover there,whereas a check
sent from the US would clear tops within 48hrs. So i would like you to deduct the western union charges from my balance.So if my terms are
acceptable to you, i would like you to give me your fullname,address and phone number so that i can instruct my client to make out the check to
Pls get back to me as soon as you get this mail so that we can round things up in a timely fashion..i willbe trusting in this business
SCAM EXAMPLE 3
How are you?
i am an auto dealer based in AUSTRIA,i am interested in buying your ( 1989 VW GOLF )I will like to know if you would accept
acertified cashier check for the payment of the,i also need to know the price and your full name and address including your
phone is also needed in which payment will be sent to . i have a shipping company who takes cares of my shippment .So don't bother
about the shippment.I will also like to know if is still in good condition and
shape.urgent response is needed for procedure of payment of the ( 1989 VW GOLF )
SCAM EXAMPLE 4
Hi my friend
i am an art dealer based in MOSCOW,i am interested in buying your ( art books collection - 500 comics )I will like to know if you
would accept acertified cashier check for the payment of the,i also need to knowthe price and your full name and address including your phone
is also needed in which payment will be sent to . i have a shipping company who takes cares of my shippment .So don't bother about the
shippment.I will also like to know if is still in good condition and shape.urgent response is needed for procedure of payment of the
art books collection