Safety

Here is some good safety precautions when  meeting someone for the first time:

  • 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.

Avoiding Scams

*Deal locally, face-to-face*

  • Do not extend payment to anyone you have not met in person.
  • Beware offers involving shipping – deal with locals you can meet in person.
  • Never wire funds (e.g. Western Union)
  • Don’t accept cashier/certified checks or money orders
  • Never give out financial info (bank account, social security, paypal account, etc).
  • Refuse background/credit checks until you have met landlord/employer in person.