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Safety / Fraud

We believe in the general decency of our fellow human beings, and that the overwhelming majority of KARTSALE users are trustworthy and well-intentioned. However, you must be diligent to protect yourself from those rare "bad apples" and keep yourself safe when dealing with online classified services like this.

 

In an effort to thwart would-be scammers, follow these common-sense rules:

- Deal locally with people you can meet in person. Per Craig's list, if you follow this one rule, you can avoid 99% of scam attempts.

- Never give out financial information, or personal information like your bank account number, or social security number. Ever.  

- Never wire funds via Western Union, Moneygram or other wire service.

- Don't deal with anyone who suggests the use of an escrow service.

- Be on the lookout for fake cashier checks and money orders. They are common, and the bank will hold YOU responsible when the fake is discovered.

- KARTSALE is NOT involved in any transactions. If someone tells you that KARTSALE will guarantee a transaction, they are lying.

- Use common sense. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

 

For more information on online safety, please check out the following resources:

http://wiredsafety.org/ - WiredSafety is the largest and oldest online safety, education, and help group in the world. Originating in 1995 as a group of volunteers rating websites, it now provides one-to-one help, extensive information, and education to cyberspace users of all ages on a myriad of Internet and interactive technology safety, privacy and security issues. These services are offered through a worldwide organization comprised entirely of unpaid volunteers who administer specialized websites, resources and programs.

http://www.staysafeonline.org/ - the National Cyber Security Alliance's mission is to educate and therefore empower a digital society to use the Internet safely and securely at home, work, and school, protecting the technology individuals use, the networks they connect to, and our shared digital assets.

http://www.onguardonline.com/ - OnGuardOnline.gov is the federal government’s website to help you be safe, secure and responsible online. The Federal Trade Commission manages OnGuardOnline.gov, in partnership with the federal agencies listed below. OnGuardOnline.gov is a partner in the Stop Think Connect campaign, led by the Department of Homeland Security, and part of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

If you feel that you have been defrauded, or victimized by a scam, you should notify us as well as your local police department. For more information on internet fraud, or to report suspected fraud:

https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/ - Federal Trade Comission online complaint form
http://www.ic3.gov/ - Internet Fraud Complaint Center
FTC toll free hotline: (877) FTC-HELP