Be aware; don’t become a victim of any fraud
Users of Classira Classifieds may receive fraudulent offers at any stage for the items they have listed. Use and follow these guidelines to protect yourself from fraud.
More Information About Fraud protection
Users of Classira Classified may receive fraudulent offers at any stage for the items they have listed.
Please watch and be aware for the following signs of obvious scammers
1. Phone number listed by the user is wrong.
2. Buyer or seller explains that they are currently out of the country or not reachable .
3. Buyer or seller explains that a third party or service will pick up or deliver the item behalf of them.
4. A product/service is advertised at a very low price.
5. The other party wants to complete the sale outside of the policies and regulations of the auction site (if you do this, you lose any protections that the site operator offer to their users).
6. The other party insists on immediate payment, requesting the card details or payment by electronic funds transfer or a wire service.
7. Email inquiry is poorly written, incomplete , generic, or strange sounding.
8. Offer is simply too good to be true and acceptable.
9. Seller or Buyer says that Classira Classified will handle and responsible of the transaction. Classira Classified is NEVER involved in any type of transaction between buyer and seller. Anyone who claims otherwise is a scammer and be aware.
10. Seller or Buyer says that Classira offers a purchase protection,takes the responsibility or warranty program. Classira Calssified DOES NOT offer any type of purchase protection ,takes the responsibility or warranty program nor do we partner with any third parties to offer such program. Anyone who claims otherwise is a scammer or fraud.
Individuals from outside the country/Australia will often respond to or post ads on various classified websites. These offers are most common with big ticket items such as major appliances, ATVs, cars,antiques or other Expensive items. The individuals will often claim they are from number of different/various countries. These offers usually take in the form of email, but please be aware that they have also been know to use TTY (a relay phone service for the deaf) and other means.
Typically they agree to purchase your listed item and send counterfeit cashiers checks or money orders (often without verification that you will sell the item) in amounts exceeding the asked price. They then request that the extra money to be returned to them via a legitimate means usually Western Union.
By the time the bank discovers the fraud and reverses the deposited check or money order, the excess money has usually already been sent to the fraudulent buyers some how, and the item may have been shipped. In every instance the bank will pass the loss back to you only, who deposited the counterfeit check .This means you are accountable for the cash sent as well as any fees, and likely will not be able to retrieve your item back if it has shipped.
Users should understand that Classira Classifieds is meant to be and should use as a LOCAL service. All offers should be considered carefully, especially any offers received from outside of Australia/any other country and the immediately surrounding areas. These fraud schemes should not deter users of the site from using the Internet as a place to sell and buy goods. Users should feel completely safe and secure in placing classified ads, but should use wisdom in offers received from interested parties or users.
These messages are simply an annoyance, and cannot harm you if you don’t respond to them at all. If you are suspicious about anything please let them know that you are not interested (or just ignore their offer). It is not necessary to forward or reply these messages directly to Classira. However if you feel compelled and intend to report these incidents to the authorities you can reach the ACCC Indigenous website through the links below.
Tell someone and ask for help if you think you’ve been scammed
You can report scams any time to the ACCC Indigenous Hotline on 1300 303 143.
You can report scams to the ACCC via the SCAM watch report a scam page immediately or by calling 1300 795 995.
How To Be a Safe and protected Buyer
There are a number of things you can and should follow to ensure you don’t get taken advantage of when buying and selling items on classira.com.au
1. Always be vigilant for scams and be on alert (especially those claiming to be from or originating overseas).
2. Always ask for paperwork or a proper acknowledgement (i.e. registration, warranty info, title, etc.) to verify the seller’s claims.
3. Always verify properly the item’s condition before payment.
4. Have an expert examine the item listed before you buy.
5. Always print a copy of the Classira.com.au classified ad for your own records
6. Make sure the terms of the sale are clear and genuine.
7. Meet Seller in-person to see the item and exchange money. Classira embolden’s all face-to-face, local trading.
8. For personal ease and safety take someone with you all the time , or have someone with you if a buyer is coming to your home or workplace to meet you. If this is not possible, arrange to meet in person in a a public place. If it’s a home service ad, ask the poster to produce identity and proof of qualification before inviting them into your home.
9. Be cautious of anyone who refuses to communicate on the telephone or avoid your requests.
10. When buying a vehicle, do a free registration check every time on https://myrta.com/regcheck. Then for more comprehensive information, pay $21 for a request of vehicle history report.
11. Be honest and genuine about your expectations.
Most importantly, if something seems out of the ordinary/fake or inconsistent – take precautions to protect yourself.
For more information to read on how to protect against fraud, click here.