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Scam Alert

Scam Alert

Ralph's Adpost strives to create a useful and friendly environment in which members are honest and trustworthy. To help promote smooth transactions, we would like to highlight some steps you can take to ensure that your experiences with us are enjoyable and hassle free.

The Internet holds great potential for all sorts of legitimate activity and commerce. However, as in any medium, the Internet can be abused by scamsters. New Internet scams have sprouted up, and older mail and phone scams have found their way online.

Here are some tips to keep in mind. These tips are not designed to scare you, but to encourage you to be vigilant and to use common sense in all transactions.

If it sounds too good to be true.. It probably is!

If a seller offers his goods at an unbelievably low price, you should ascertain if he's credible. Some scamsters take your money and run, leaving you with nothing but a lighter wallet. Always try to complete the transaction in person.

Be wary if the seller asks for a money transfer via cashiers check, money order, or Western Union, especially if the transaction involves Africa, Nigeria, or Cameroon. Scamsters sometimes set up fake money transfer companies, shipping companies, or other third-party entities to collect payments. Always practice caution dealing with buyers or sellers just as you would in real life.

Pay by credit card where possible. In most cases, you can dispute credit card charges for non-delivery of goods. You can also use an intermediary service such as an escrow. An escrow service holds the payment, forwarding it to the seller only when the buyer has received the goods in working order. An escrow service will also act as a mediator in times of dispute.

If a buyer promises a cashiers check, money order, or Western Union that overpays you, and then requests that you wire the difference to them after keeping some for yourself, beware! Scamsters who adopt this method typically use forged or bogus checks, and it's not difficult to realize who's overpaying who.

If you receive a reply from someone in Africa, Nigeria, or Cameroon who claims to have millions of dollars from a dead husband, father, or brother and wants you to help get the money out of their country - it just sounds too good to be true! This is commonly known as the Nigerian 419 scam, and is named after the corresponding penal code of Nigeria.

What to do if you spot a Scam?

Ralph's Adpost does not tolerate abuse of our service or any kind of fraudulent or criminal activity. Any user suspected of such will be immediately removed from our service. However in common with all other similar sites, we cannot possibly prevent all occurrences. It is our whole community that comes together to fend off those who abuse our service.

If you do come across something suspicious, please alert us immediately by clicking on the Alert Support Team link found on the left panel of every Reply or Ad. Alternatively, you may to send more details.


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