Meeting in Person


When meeting someone for the first time, please remember to:

  • Insist on a public meeting place like a cafe, bank, or shopping center.
  • Do not meet in a secluded place, or invite strangers into your home.
  • Be especially careful buying/selling high value items.
  • Tell a friend or family member where you’re going.
  • Take your cell phone along if you have one.
  • Consider having a friend accompany you.
  • Trust your instincts.

Deal locally, face-to-face

  • Do not¬†provide payment to anyone you have not met in person.
  • Beware offers involving shipping.
  • Never wire funds (e.g. Western Union)
  • Don’t accept cashier/certified checks or money orders.
  • Transactions are between users only.
  • Never give out financial info.
  • Do not rent or purchase sight-unseen.
  • Refuse background/credit checks until you have met landlord/employer in person.