Avoiding Scams and Frauds
Outsmarting scammers is not as hard as it sounds. You can avoid 99% of all problems by following these simple guidelines: meet face-to-face, in public and pay in cash.
- Agree on a plan. If it changes last minute, cancel.
- If you are intimidated or made to feel guilty, leave immediately. It's a scam.
- Don't wire funds, especially via Western Union, Moneygram or any other wire service. Scamola!
- Never give out financial information to a stranger, even your PayPal email address (you'll get spam).
- Try not to use escrow services, scammers use them.
- If it's too good to be true, guess what? It’s a scam.
- Avoid overseas transactions with strangers. Not that we're xenophobic, but stranger + foreign = scammage.
- Illegal activity always leads to problems. Just don't do it.
- Krrb staff accounts are labeled with "Staff". If someone says they work for Krrb and do not have this label, please report them.
- Remember, we are not involved in any transactions.
Cash – Good for in-person purchases under $1,000. Make sure to meet in public, bring a friend and ask for a written receipt.
PayPal – Use only with people you know are trustworthy. If you have doubts, do not share your PayPal email address. Instead issue a PayPal invoice.
Credit Card – For businesses and professional sellers.
Personal check – Use only with people you know are trustworthy, security deposits, items over $1,000
Escrow – There are many fraudulent escrow services. If you must use one for an expensive item, use Escrow.com, which is owned by eBay.
Money Orders – Use when you'd like proof of purchase and if you don't feel comfortable carrying cash. Just make sure you see the item before you hand over the money order.
Bank to Bank Wire Transfer – Use only with people you know are trustworthy since it is not traceable to verify the recipient's address or name.
Wire Transfer Services – Do not use any services such as Western Union or MoneyGram.