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Re: “Tuesday Must Read: Record Holiday Sales Continue; Craigslist Scam Hits East Bay

Keeping safe on Geebo and other classifieds sites:

It is important that you know how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe when using online classified advertising sites. Here are a few reminders:

•When selling, do not put your home address in your ad.
•To avoid scams, buy and sell with people you can meet locally, in person.
•When meeting with someone you don't know, meet in a public place. If that's not possible, have a buddy with you. Also, carry a cell phone; if you feel unsafe, you can call a trusted friend, and stay on the line.
•Never give out financial or private information like account numbers, PayPal login, or social security number.
•If an offer sounds too good to be true, it is. Walk away!

When choosing a classifieds site:

•Use only sites where ads are reviewed before they go live on the site rather than relying a flagging or rating system that leaves users vulnerable in the mean time.
•Use sites that do not carry adult ads. Not only do these present risks to our children, but they can harbor human trafficking activities that harm people and open the door to other criminal activity.
•If you are unsure about the safety of a particular classifieds site, do your own quick research. Type the site's name into Google News or Yahoo! News. Are the results filled with news stories about crime? Then stay away. This is a case where no news is good news!

Posted by geebocom on 12/29/2010 at 11:57 AM

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