Avoiding Online Scams 101

Now more than ever before, it has become easy for the average Ghanaian to buy and sell online. Online Classifieds sites like gives people the opportunity to easily find anything they want: cars, generators, phones, skipping ropes, fish, wedding gowns, puppies. You can virtually buy and sell anything on Unfortunately, some people are taking advantage of the innocent people who are genuinely buying and selling on these site.

At, we are wholly committed to making sure that your experience on our site is as safe as possible. however entreats all their customs to be alert, in order to beat these fraudsters.

Usually, fraudulent deals have prices that are too good to be true. The items are priced below the market value. Since these deals appear to be good, these fraudsters ask the unsuspecting buyers to pay some money to hold down the item or service.

Another way people get defrauded is when fraudulent interested buyers defraud genuine sellers. They usually ask to use/ test the item before they make payment, which sounds somewhat fair and legitimate. Then unfortunately, the fraudulent buyer absconds with the item.

Here are some simple tips on how to trade safely on to avoid being defrauded

1. Keep things local. Meet the seller in person, check the item and make sure you are satisfied with it before payment.

2. Exchange item and payment at the same time. Buyers – don’t make any payments before receiving an item. Sellers – don’t send an item before receiving payment.

3. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true. Avoid things such as unrealistically low prices and promises of quick money. They are likely to be fraud.

4. Never give out financial information. This includes bank account details, eBay/PayPal info, and any other information that could be misused.

Reporting a safety issue

If you feel that you have been the victim of a scam, please report your situation to us immediately. If you have been cheated, we also recommend that you contact your local police department.

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