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Avoiding Scams

You can avoid would-be scammers by following these common-sense rules whenever using AD CONNECT:

  • Deal locally with people / advertisers you can meet in person - follow this one rule and avoid 99% of scam attempts.
  • Never wire funds via WESTERN UNION, MONEYGRAM or any other wire service - anyone who asks you to do so is likely a scammer.
  • Fake cashier cheques & money orders are common. If banks cash them, they are likely to hold you responsible when the fake is discovered later.
  • AD CONNECT 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, eBay/PayPal info, etc.)
  • Do not rent property without seeing the interior. It is possible that property may not actually be for rent.
  • Do not purchase expensive items sight-unseen. It is possible that this item does not exist
  • 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.

Most scams involve one or more of the following:

  • Inquiry from someone far away, often in another country or state
  • Western Union, Money Gram, cashier's cheque, money order, shipping, escrow service, or a "guarantee"
  • Inability or refusal to meet face-to-face before completing the transaction

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