How do I stay safe while using Kijiji?
SolutionWhile most individuals who use Kijiji have success with buying, selling, renting or connecting with others, from time to time we do receive reports of people attempting to scam or defraud our users. We have found that one of the best ways to curb this problem is to ensure that all transactions take place locally, in-person and with cash. Remember that Kijiji is a local classifieds web site and Ads are not always reviewed before they go live on the site.
Please take the following precautions while using Kijiji:
•When buying or selling, you should meet in-person to inspect the product and exchange funds. Meet in a public place with many people around, such as a coffee shop.
•Never send or wire money to sellers or buyers. This includes mailing a cheque or using payment services like PayPal, Square Transactions, Online Jumble Sales, eTradeDepot, Gizmagdepot.com, Rent Monitor, Amazon Payments, Bidpay, Google Wallet/ Checkout, Canada Post, Western Union or Money Gram. While these sites can be very useful and secure, typically scammers are only pretending to use them and will even go so far as to falsify documents from a legitimate company.
•Kijiji International Limited, eBay, PayPal or any other company does not offer any sort of protection programs or secure payment systems for Kijiji items. Any emails or web sites that talk about such systems are scams, even if they may have the Kijiji logo. If you receive any emails promoting these services, please forward the message to us.
•Be wary of emails asking you to confirm your account or a password or email address change that was not requested. These are very often phishing emails by scammers trying to gain access to your account. Any emails we send requiring you to log in will bring you directly to our site. The Kijiji sign in page should always show up as being secure in your web browser. Click here to learn more
•Make yourself aware of common scams. The following are more in depth articles on tips for avoiding scams while checking out the Tickets, Real Estate, Cars and Vehicles, Jobs, Services, and Pets sections. Also here are common Reply Scams that can come in response to your Ad or when you reply to an Ad.
•Do not give out personal or banking information (e.g. social insurance number, bank account number) over the Internet.
•Inform Kijiji of any attempted fraud or suspicious emails, Ads, or other activity by community members. In the case of fraud, file a police report and contact us.
•Use common sense. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
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