Even though the overwhelming majority of the NationalTrader users (As well as others such as eBay, Letgo, and craigslist) are well-intentioned and trustworthy, and with many billions of human interactions facilitated without violent crime, one should take the same common sense precautions online as you would offline.
When meeting someone for the first time, please remember to:
Insist on a public meeting place like a diner.
Do not meet in a secluded place.
Do not invite strangers into your home.
Be especially careful when dealing with high-valued items.
Tell a friend or family member where you are going.
Take your cell phone along if you have one, and consider having a friend accompany you.
Trust your instincts.
Using these simple precautions will make the NationalTrader safe for everyone.
Additional online personal safety resources include:
You can avoid would-be scammers by following these common-sense guidelines:
DEAL LOCALLY WITH FOLKS YOU CAN MEET IN PERSON - following this guideline would avoid most scam attempts.
NEVER WIRE FUNDS VIA WESTERN UNION, MONEYGRAM or other wire service - anyone who asks you to do so is probably a scammer.
COUNTERFEIT CASHIER CHECKS AND MONEY ORDERS ARE COMMON - BANKS WILL HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE when the fake is discovered in the future.
THE NATIONALTRADER.BIZ IS NOT INVOLVED IN ANY TRANSACTION, and does not handle payments, provide escrow, "buyer protection," or "seller certification."
NEVER GIVE FINANCIAL INFORMATION (bank account number, social security number, eBay/PayPal info, etc.).
AVOID DEALS INVOLVING SHIPPING OR ESCROW SERVICES and know that ONLY A SCAMMER WILL "GUARANTEE" YOUR TRANSACTION.
DO NOT RENT HOUSING OR PURCHASE GOODS SIGHT-UNSEEN - that amazing rental or cheap item may not exist.
DO NOT SUBMIT TO CREDIT OR BACKGROUND CHECKS until you have met the job interviewer or landlord/agent in person.
If you are defrauded by someone you met in person, contact your local police.
U.S. Federal Resources
Internet Fraud Complaint Center
FTC toll free hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)
Consumer Sentinel/Military (for reports from services members or their families)
SIIA Software and Content Piracy reporting
If you suspect that a NationalTrader.biz post may be part of a scam, please send us the details.
Updated 5 April 2016