Saturday, May 26, 2012
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A lot of people are talking on the Kijiji Discussion Forum about emails they've been getting from strangers about the things they're selling on Kijiji that end up leading to a scam.
Users are posting warnings about users with names like Glenda Willett and Lisa Macedo who email with short lines like "Anything to add or does ads say it all?"
The email addresses change, but the the process is the same: as soon as you reply in any way, she jumps on the ad, sight unseen, and offers full asking price. But she asks for your Paypal info.
Listen, folks. The names don't matter. The email addresses don't matter. The asking price doesn't matter
All that matters is this: when making deals through Kijiji, ALWAYS deal in person, ALWAYS deal in cash and ALWAYS deal locally.
If someone offers to pay you full asking price (or more) and wants to move the transaction out of the realm of hand-to-hand cash, assume it's a scam. You know why? BECAUSE IT'S A SCAM.
If you go to the Paypal page this Glenda Willett, Lisa Macedo or whoever else sends you to, odds are it'll be a phishing site that's aiming to get your login and password so they can empty out your bank account. If they want to send you a Western Union money transfer, it's going to be a fake for a value higher than your asking price, and they'll ask you not only to ship the item, but to send them the difference.
If you fall for any of these scams, you cannot blame Kijiji. Kijiji didn't do this. You did this. You got greedy and ignored the warnings that are posted on every single page of Kijiji -- Deal in person, locally, with cash.
Was I at all unclear?