Recognising scams

Most scams involve one or more of the following:

An inquiry from someone far away, often in another country.

Western Union, Money Gram, cashier's cheque, money order, shipping, escrow service, or a "guarantee".

Inability or refusal to meet face-to-face or offer a local phone number.

Companies pretending to be large organisations but using a free email domain such as Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, etc.

Who should I notify about fraud or scam attempts?

Non-emergency number for your local police department.

If you suspect that an item posted on may be part of a scam, please email the details to "[email protected]". Be sure to include the URL in your message.