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As a user of our classifieds site it’s important that you be aware of scammers.  Below are a few tips which we think are useful to protect you and can also apply to other sites.

 

Email Scams:

  1. Be aware of emails that appear to come from itclassifieds.co.uk but in fact have been spoofed and come from a scammer.  Often scammers are from abroad and will often make mistakes in their email. This make include spelling mistakes,  differences in logo’s.     When emails include a hyperlink in them, you can hover over the link with your mouse and it will give you the true destination for the link.   Any genuine emails from us will always have our domain name itclassifieds.co.uk in this link.  If you see anything else in an email from us that points somewhere else, then this maybe a scam.

  2. If you get an email that looks like it has come from your bank and asking you for any personal details,  this will likely be a scam as banks don’t operate this way.

  3. itclassifieds.co.uk does not involve itself with the buying and selling process.  This is purely between the buyer and seller.  So if you get emails that appear from us and involve elements of the sale, please ignore. We do not send such emails.

 
 

Paypal Scams:

If you believe you’ve received a phishing email, follow these steps:

  1. Be aware of any emails or text messages that ask you to provide personal information directly in response.

  2. Look out for spelling mistakes, which are a common tell-tale sign of a fraudulent message.

  3. A genuine PayPal email will only ever address you by your full name at the beginning – anything that starts ‘Dear customer’ should immediately raise your suspicions.

  4. Scammers often use a false sense of urgency to prompt you to act on a phishing email such as hyperlinks asking you to login to your account. If you want to check that PayPal has tried to reach you, go to PayPal.co.uk and log into your account normally. You will have a secure message waiting if PayPal does need you to take any action.

  5. If you have any concerns regarding an email you have received, you should send it to spoof@paypal.com 

  6. When paying for items with Paypal, be aware of sellers asking you to change the payment type to one as a gift as this will then offer you no protection from Paypal.  Some scammers will ask you to send funds as a gift so they don’t have to pay fees.   This is not the reason.  They know that if you agree and pay them this way ,  they will then not send you the goods, stop all communications with you and there is very little you can do in terms of getting the money back from Paypal.

 

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