Safe Trading Tips
many people get extremely satisfying results from finding great buys and
making great sales on the Internet. Unfortunately, sometimes, things go
The easiest cure for Internet fraud is prevention.
Don't get caught. If you follow some easy steps, you will
dramatically decrease your risk of being scammed and deriving maximum
value from the world of opportunity the Internet affords you.
Below are some tips to help you avoid problems:
If it's too good to be true, then it probably is –
It's a cliché, but it's true. If the item you're looking at is far
cheaper than the going rate, then the ad is probably a fraud. A good way
of checking the going rates of mobile phones, laptops and other items is
to visit a price comparison site.
Be specific about the item
you are buying - Ask the seller specific questions about the item.
Gain a clear understanding about any possible flaws or faults it may
have and how it has been used before.
Pick the Goods Up -
Picking the goods up is the best way to avoid being scammed. Use your
common-sense when organising to pick an item up to avoid any possible
no circumstances should you ever send a seller cash or anything
cash-like. Examples of cash-like things are Western-Union money orders,
any other type of money order, bank drafts, bank cheques, telegraphic
transfers, electronic funds transfer payment via Internet Banking or
anything else that cannot be retrieved if things go wrong.
it's too good to be true, then it probably is – I know it's a
cliché, but the fact is if someone is offering to buy your item for a
lot more than you're selling it for, then they are probably trying to
Be upfront about the item you are selling –
Honesty is the best policy, yes another cliché. If the buyer is happy
you didn't hide anything from them, then they'll probably buy from you
again and tell their friends to buy from you.
payment methods you'll allow – This shows you're a genuine seller
and you aren't trying to hide anything. Do not advise that the only
accepted method of payment is cash, bank cheque or money order to be
posted to you. This is a calling sign of a fraud ad and is likely to be
a big turn off to potential buyers. Even offering direct bank transfers
can be seen as being dodgy. You may be an honest individual of high
moral standing, but unfortunately, not every seller is.
Stipulate what the buyer's delivery options are - Picking the
product/goods up is the best way to avoid buyer scammers. Use your
common-sense when arranging the pick up to avoid any possible security
Don't rush the sale – This is another calling sign of a
fraud ad; 99% of buyers would be willing to wait a little longer to get
the item/service they really want. This gives you time to create a safe
environment for the complete transaction to ensure the satisfaction of
Keep records – Keep a copy of all correspondence between
parties and of any transactions that took place. This will aid
authorities when they need to intervene if something goes wrong, it's
also great for your piece of mind.
Dealing Outside of Qatar
- Be particularly wary dealing with people outside of Qatar. Favour only
using a credit card, or an escrow service. If the amount is large, then
only use a trusted escrow service. Be mindful that many non-Qatari crime
agencies do not investigate Internet crime of values below a certain
amount. This includes countries you may not ordinarily expect to be lax
Keep your Virus Scanner, Internet Firewall and
Spyware Scanners Up to Date - Use only up-to-date versions of
Do not follow links in emails - If
someone sends you an email claiming to link to a well-respected site, do
not click on the link they give you unless you are sure. Type the link
into a web browser to ensure you know the real address.
Report Suspicious Activity - Anything you find that doesn't sound
right, report it to ILQ. We will investigate and remove any ads that
seem suspicious. We cannot - however - follow up on any crime without
authorisation from the Police or the Court.
This list is not
comprehensive - There is no substitute for common-sense for
assessing your own situation.
What happens if I am the victim
of Online Crime? - You can try contacting the the Police if you are
unlucky enough to be a victim of crime. Now you know you'll be safe
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