Target for scams?
The vast majority of all the classified ads we advertise are genuine, especially on Anansekrom where we take care to vet the items/services on offer before we publish. Since most of the transactions take place face-to-face it’s is very easy to spot scams (frauds). However, occasionally our customers might be targeted by scammers. When you buy anything online, be smart and have your wits about you.
Make sure you also check price comparison websites and different search engines to get the best deal, the name and full address of the seller and the Terms and Conditions.
Scams can be avoided if you know what to look out for and you act smart!
- Always meet the seller in person
- Take another person with you when you go to meet the seller
- Don’t pay for anything until you have seen what you are getting
- Don’t send or wire money to anyone you don’t know
- Always ask for a receipt (even if it is written on paper)
Watch out for:
- Unrealistic prices
- Extra fees
- Requests for advance payments
- Requests for personal information
Common warning signs:
- A great deal that sounds too good to pass up
- Seller can’t meet in person for some reason (e.g. there is a family emergency’)
- Seller requests payment by instant cash transfer via mobile money or Western Union when you haven’t even seen the item(s)
- Seller requests payment via bank transfer to their bank accounts when you haven’t even seen the item(s)
- If you decide to collect your item(s) in person and can see what you’re paying for, you can consider using cash (but don’t carry large quantities)
- Don’t be fooled by ads or sellers who ask for down-payments to ‘reserve’ an item (particularly cars) – fraudsters have no intention of returning your down-payment
- Watch out for under-priced items and expensive items where the seller offers free delivery – if the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is
- Be extra cautious with Presale items (e.g. concert & event tickets)
- Watch out for strange item descriptions – they’re often an indicator of a fraudulent listing. Common warning signs are:
-Differences between the location of the item on the listing page and in the item description
-The item description language differing from the seller’s country
-The item description reading as if it’s been translated by an automated translator
- Don’t buy prohibited items and always report these listings
- Fraudsters impersonate buyers asking for refunds – always check to validate any claim before refunding and always use the original payment method
- Don’t become an accomplice to fraud – criminals approach users to sell items on their behalf, without any intention of sending the items. Remember, when buyers complain, it’s your reputation on the line, not the fraudster’s. If you sell an item on behalf of someone else, make sure you understand what you’re getting into
- If you receive an email that includes links and requests sensitive information, be cautious.
In the rare case where you are scammed or suspect a scam or fraud please contact us immediately via the contact page and/or alert the local law enforcement agency.