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allGo Tips For Safe Buying and Selling

Buying and selling over the internet to people you don't know can lead to some frightening situations. But if you keep in mind the tips below you can use the internet as a powerful tool for buying and selling at allGo.com.

Deal in person, public place

Many internet scammers like to remain anonymous, just like you would if you were breaking the law. You can avoid many potential scams simply by dealing with your potential buyer face to face in a public place.

Payment Methods

Money is money, right? That's true, but there are a few payment methods that make it easier for a potential scam artist to make sure you don't get yours. To minimize the chance of payment fraud, you should never use MoneyGram, Western Union, or other wire transfer services. Checks can also present problems. If you do get a check, make sure that you give the check two weeks, at least to clear both in your bank and the bank that the check comes from. If you get a fake check your bank may cash it, but when they find out that the check bounces you'll lose all that money and they may charge you a fee for cashing a fake check. The bottom line here is that you'll get in trouble, and you'll lose your merchandise.

Never accept payments over the asking price with the difference sent back.

One of the most common scams happens when the buyer asks you to "Send back" money from a check they ask you to cash. Don't do this! If any buyer asks if they can pay extra and get money back (especially from a check or money order) don't deal with them.

If a transaction seems like it is too good to be true, it probably is.

As a buyer or a seller you may come across deals that seem so amazing they can't be true. A buyer may offer much more than your asking price, or a seller may be asking for much less than you think an item is worth. When this happens, be wary. With free online classifieds, like allGo.com, you will find good deals and you can make money. However, allGo.com is not magical or mystical. If it's too good to be real, don't do the deal.

allGo.com is only in the USA.

Never sell to, or buy from, anyone who is not in the United States. International transactions are more trouble than they are worth, and more often than not they are scams. Don't deal with international buyers or sellers on allGo.com.

Get good contact info.

Never work with people who don't have phone numbers or who give you phone numbers that don't work. If you can't contact your buyer or seller then you should avoid the deal.

Never give out personal or financial information

All the information a buyer or seller needs should be on the allgo.com listing. Never give out passwords, SSN, bank account numbers, or any other private info. If you are contacted by someone asking for this type of information, report them immediately.

allGo never is involved in any transaction

This website is designed as a listing agent only. All transactions and deals take place between the buyer and seller. allGo does not insure or garantee any transaction. If someone tries to tell you otherwise, then you should immediately stop the deal. If you ever have any questions about the role of allGo.com then you should review our Terms & Agreements.

Follow your instinct

If you feel uncomfortable, even a little bit, don't go through with the transaction. Scammers can be clever and sometimes they may even accuse you of scamming them. But in the end it's your money, or your goods. You don't have to sell to or buy from anyone that you don't want to. If you feel bad about a deal, end it. If a buyer or seller tries to bully you into going through with a transaction, ask them to stop. If harassment continues, contact your local police department, the FTC, or the Ic3 for help.

Where to report scammers

Chances are that you will never encounter a scam. Most people that you deal with will be honest and open with you. However, if you follow these guidelines then you will more likely be able to spot a problem before it happens. If you do have a run in with a scammer, you can report them to the following people.

  • If the individual is local, contact your local law enforcement.
  • Ic3, a partnership between the FBI, National White Collar Crime Center, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance. http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx
  • The Federal Trade Comission http://www.ftc.gov/

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