Prevent Being Scammed: Do not conduct selling, buying, communications, transactions or any other form of contact between parties outside of the eYABBER website. We have taken as many steps as possible to protect your information and allow the site to be used in a professional, safe and responsible manner. Doing any business or having any contact outside of this site may compromise your personal information and may result in loss, harm, fraudulent transactions, deception, identity theft, or a host of other compromising situations. To reiterate, that eYABBER and its Officers, Employees, Affiliates or any Associated Partners are not liable in any way and are absolved of any responsibility whatsoever for any unpleasant situations or losses incurred by using the site. We offer the following tips to prevent you from being compromised and protect yourself while online and to make your eYabber experience as safe and enjoyable as possible.
COMMON SENSE TIPS:
Make online payments using only the secure certified online payment companies
Beware offers involving COD or specialized shipping. Do not ship anything COD if you can avoid it.
Never wire funds if it can be avoided (e.g. Western Union, Wells Fargo, Xoom, Travelex etc) unless it is between 2 reputable banking institutions and their authorized representatives are known to both parties. - Anyone who asks for wire funds outside a banks authorized representative and outside their parameters is usually a scammer.
If it can be avoided, don't accept cashier/certified checks or money orders - banks will cash fake checks and then hold you responsible for uncollected funds. If you willingly accept this type of payment, take every precaution and request that the check or money order be drawn from an accredited financial institution and its forms. Do not ship your item until you ask a bank to verify the funds availability and that the documents are legitimate.
Keep Transactions between you and the buyer/seller only, no third party provides a "guarantee".
Under any circumstances, never give out your financial information to any buyer or seller. (Personal information, bank account, social security, PayPal account, etc.).
If you are scammed or suspect a scam or are defrauded by someone, please email us the details immediately Through the Contact Us Page. We do not assume any liability whatsoever but will assist you in any way we can.
How to Recognize Scams: Common scams and scam attempts can involve any of the following or new techniques not yet recognized by the online community:
Random Email or text messages from someone outsize the eyabber.com site.
Vague initial inquiry, e.g. asking about "the item." Poor grammar or spelling, behaving outside a normal online environment consumer.
Witnessing any payment requests outside our secure site; Referencing direct payment using Western Union, Money Gram, Xoom, Cashier check, Money order, PayPal, shipping, escrow service, or a "guarantee."
Insisting on dealing with your transaction outside the confines of the website and certified companies. This will not only terminate the buyers account but will terminate yours as well.
Examples of Scams and Attempts to Defraud.
1. If a buyer or seller claims your transaction is guaranteed, or that a buyer/seller is officially certified, or that a third party of any kind will handle or provide protection for a payment and wants to work outside the website for any reason.
These claims are deemed fraudulent, as transactions are between website users only.
The scammer will often send an official looking (but fraudulent) email that appears to come from eyabber.com or another third party representing eYABBER, making representations such as offering a guarantee, certifying a seller company, or pretending to handle payments.
2. You may receive an official looking cashier's check: (The check Is Most Likely Fake)
If you receive an email or text from someone offering to purchase your item, pay for your product in advance.
Price Paid or Offered using a cashier's check that often far exceeds your item price. Scammers will bump offers to build "trust" with you, and then will ask you to wire the balance via money transfer service.
Most Banks and check cashing services will cash fake checks and will hold you personally responsible when the check is discovered as fake and will not clear. Often times the banks will contact authorities and sometimes proceed with criminal prosecution.
Scammers often pretend to involve a 3rd party (shipping agent, business associate, etc.) to facilitate a transaction. Please beware and do not follow this course of doing business.
3. If a buyer or seller requests wire service payment via Western Union, Money gram or any other cash advance system:
If the deal seems too good to be true, the price is too low, etc. Be cautious and take every precaution to avoid damages and loss.
Sometimes Scammers may (falsely) claim a confirmation code from you is needed before they can withdraw your money.
Common problematic countries include: South America, Nigeria, Romania, UK, Netherlands, & Ghana but could include any country including the USA and can be located anywhere.
Be aware if someone says they are traveling and you need to wire money for a product bought or sold.
Sometimes Scammer pretends to be unable to speak, or have a physical issue that prevents them from working through the website. Report this person immediately at the Contact Us Page (Many scammers prefer to operate by text/email).
3. A buyer or Seller offers to send you a cashier's check or money order and then have you wire money:
Do Not Engage this person: This is always a scam and the cashier's check is most likely a fake.
Scammer will usually ask for your name, address, etc. for printing on the fake check.
If a deal often seems too good to be true, it most likely is.
4. If a buyer or seller suggests that you use an online escrow service:
Most online escrow sites are Fraudulent and used to disguise scammers operations and they are operated by scammers.
For more info, do some research on your buyer or seller; do a Google search for them, look up "escrow fraud" or "fraud escrow." Check them out as much as possible online.
5. Distant seller asks for a partial payment upfront, after which they will ship goods:
They represent that they trust you with the partial payment.
They may represent that they have already shipped the goods.
When a deal sounds too good to be true.
6. As we are a Global Auction website, you may be solicited by foreign companies offering you a job to collect funds for their transactions.
Foreign companies may claim they are unable to receive payments from its customers directly.
Simply beware of anything that looks out of the normal.
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