Take a few minutes to read this message. We hope it will help you avoid scams.
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Avoid deals that sound "too good to be true"; they usually are.
If possible, avoid shipping deals; but, if you must engage in shipping deals, always receive the payment before sending the item (unless you are sure it is a reputable source).
Take down the trader's information; including the trader's address, home phone number and e-mail address for verification purposes.
When dealers have low post counts or zero feedback, proceed with caution.
Beware of feedback left by other members. Some scammers are opening multiple accounts and leaving positive feedback to try to affirm other members to feel the same way.
If you are contacted by e-mail or by instant-messaging, verify that they are indeed a member of Zamzata.
Beware of international deals. There is a growing number of international deals that are scams.
Pay with a credit card using PayPal because in the event that you are scammed, you can request a charge back from them.
DO NOT send Money Orders or Western Union payments, you will not be able to get them back in the event of a scam.
Try to get an authentic PayPal Address (be aware that come countries cannot confirm their PayPal addresses).
Deposit the payment through a bank teller before releasing the item. This way, you will be able to determine whether the money order/ cash/ check/ bank draft is real. Also, it is a good idea to suggest the buyer come with you to the bank to deposit the money. If the buyer does not agree, you may want to call off the deal immediately.
When trading/selling phones, make a copy of the phone's IMEI or ENS. If a scammer claims they have not received the phone, by having the IMEI or ENS, you can report it as lost with major carriers and it will become useless. Also, by knowing the serial numbers, if the buyer claims the phone does not work and returns it back to you, you will know whether it is your old phone or if the scammer switched it with a defective phone. In reality, this would work for all items with serial numbers!
Take time to inspect each bill received BEFORE the buyer leaves.
**If you suspect you have been scammed, PLEASE create a thread in the Fraud Forum as soon as possible and provide as many details as you can.