Safety

 

  • ALWAYS DEAL LOCALLY! Do not do business with anyone from abroad, no matter how good the offer.
  • If the offer is too good to be true (common especially with cars, dogs and telephones), it's probably because it is.
  • Do not send money abroad, especially via Western Union or Moneygram (even if it is only to cover the flight of an animal).
  • Do not send your goods abroad, only a scammer will "guarantee" your transaction.
  • Should you receive dubious e-mails in response to your advert, please forward them to us so we can advice you and take action (and you will not loose time).
  • If you receive a text message from a foreign telephone number regarding your advert, chances are great you are dealing with a scammer. Proceed with caution.
  • Cheques from foreign banks are most likely to be fake. You will have to pay the costs if it bounces. Do not get tempted by cheques that are made out for too much money.
  • Never give out financial information (bank account number, social security number, eBay/PayPal info, etc).
  • Do not buy anything you can not see.
  • If a phone number is not valid, or belongs to someone who did not put the advert, please use the REPORT button.
  • Do not trust any emails that are sent to you in order to confirm payment via PayPal. Always log in to your account to check that the money is really there.
  • DO NOT give anyone your My Ads email addres and password. We know it, so we would never ask for it...
  • Do not send your photos to anyone asking for them without a watermark.


 

Who should I notify about fraud or scam attempts?

There is a REPORT button at every advert. If you suspect an advert to be a scam, please use it so that we can investigate it.
 
If you become the victim of a scammer anyway, then for Cyprus please fill in the following form: 
 
CyberCrime Office
Cyprus Police Headquarters
Tel: +35722808200
Fax: +35722808465
 
For Greece please contact: 




Recognizing scams

Most scams involve one or more of the following:

  • No phone number, no valid phone number, or a phone number that does not belong to the person who placed the advert (scammers have done a lucky guess).
  • Inquiry from someone far away, often in another country.
  • Western Union, Money Gram, cashier's check, money order, shipping, escrow service, or a "guarantee."
  • A (fake) email with proof of a PayPal payment.
  • Inability or refusal to meet face-to-face before consumating transaction.



 

Examples of scams

1. Persons impersonating Bazaraki personnel in chatrooms / phonecalls etc.

  • A person may claim they work for Bazaraki and ask to tell them the code you will receive on your cellphone for confirmation
  • No person working for Bazaraki will ever ask you for a code or password 

 

 

2. Selling animals, telephones or vehicules that do not exist.

  • Animal advert pictures do not look like a private person took them.
  • Animal advert descriptions are usually in English and the text is pretty standard. In Greek the text has obviously been run through an online translation program.
  • Car pictures do not look like they have been taken in Cyprus (number plates are faded out).
  • Car description text reads like a manual, not like a person wrote it.
  • Telephone/computer advert pictures do not look like a private person took them.
  • Telephone/computer advert are usually in English and the text is pretty standard. In Greek the text has obviously been run through an online translation program. 

 

3. A person from abroad offers a genuine-looking (but fake) check, sometimes for more than the asking price:

  • You receive an email (examples below) offering to buy your item, or rent your apartment, sight unseen.
  • A cashier's check is offered for your sale item as a deposit for an apartment or for your services.
  • Value of cashier's check often far exceeds your item's, scammer offers to "trust" you, and asks you to wire the balance difference via money transfer service.
  • Banks will often cash fake checks AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE WHEN THE CHECK FAILS TO CLEAR, sometimes including criminal prosecution.
  • These scams often involve a 3rd party (shipping agent, business associate owing buyer money, etc.).

 

4. Someone requests wire service payment via Western Union or MoneyGram:

  • Scam "bait" items include animals, cell phones, laptops, TVs, tickets, and other high value items.
  • These scams often claim that an MTCN or confirmation code is needed before he can withdraw your money. This is FALSE, once you've wired money, it is GONE.
  • Common countries currently include: Nigeria, Cameroen, France, Romania, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Italy, Netherlands, but could be anywhere.
  • An apartment listing may be local, but landlord/owner is "travelling" or "relocating" and needs you to wire money to them abroad.
  • Deal often seems too good to be true, price is too low, or rent is below market, etc.

 

5. Distant person offers to send you a money order and then have you wire money:

  • This is ALWAYS a scam in our experience the cashier's check is FAKE.
  • Sometimes accompanies an offer of merchandise, sometimes not.
  • Scammer often asks for your name, address, etc. for printing on the fake check.
  • Deal often seems too good to be true.

 

6. Distant seller suggests use of an online escrow service:

  • Most online escrow sites are FRAUDULENT and operated by scammers.
  • For more info, do a google search on "fake escrow" or "escrow fraud".

 

7. Distant seller asks for a partial payment upfront, after which he will ship goods:

  • He says he trusts you with the partial payment.
  • He may say he has already shipped the goods.
  • Deal often sounds too good to be true.

 

8. Foreign company offers you a job receiving payments from customers, then wiring funds:

  • Foreign company may claim it is unable to receive payments from its customers directly.
  • You are typically offered a percentage of payments received.
  • This kind of "position" may be posted as a job, or offered to you via email.
 
9. Fake email with confirmation of a PayPal payment:
  • Either emailed by the scammer or
  • Emailed looking as if PayPal sent it
  • ALWAYS log in to your PayPal account to double check that the amount is there!




Actual adverts and scam emails sent to Bazaraki users:

 

"I am okay with the price and i will add 55 to the money has a shipping charge and the total will be 200 so can you get back to me with your paypal name and email address to make the payment or you can send money request, i will be waiting to read from you soon".

 

"Verify Your Bazaraki Account"

webmasters@live.com

Message

Dear User, Your Bazaraki Account will soon be disabled. copy  the link below and open it to a new tap to verify your account so that it will not be disable or if you can click on it to verify all same. (  www.verify-your-bazaraki-account.yolasite.com ) Thank you, Bazaraki Team ©2005-2013 Bazaraki.com LLC. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

"Car is in the port"

Hello, Adriana sent me your email address to contact you for the .... (type of car)... she want to sell it. It is now in a container in Limassol port because she want to travel with the car but the France law refus right hand car. If you are ready to take it you will be delivered the car tomorrow by 5pm because I have some other document to fill before take out. This is your house address she gave me ...... If you are ready to tell me, so I will start the procedure tomorrow morning. I will come with the bill of sale duly signed by Lucia. The price is EURO 2500. Thanks.

 
 

"Turn your computer into a Money-Making Machine!"

Although not a full blown scam, this scheme works as follows: You send someone money for instructions on where to go and what to download and install on your computer to turn it into a money-making machine... for spammers! At sign-up, you get a unique ID and you have to give them your PayPal account information for the "big money" deposits you will soon be receiving. The program that you are supposed to run, sometimes 24/7, opens multiple ad windows, repeatedly, thus generating per-click revenue for spammers. In other scenarios, your ID is limited to a certain number of page clicks per day. In order to make any money from this scheme, you are pretty much forced to scam the spammers by hiding your real IP address with Internet proxy services, so you can make more page clicks. This program will destroy your computer's performance completely!
 

"Advertisement for a nanny or housekeeper"

The nanny scammer, posing as a parent, posts an ad seeing a nanny or housekeeper and offers high-pay and appealing working conditions. They hire without an interview or face-to-face meeting. The scammer creates an elaborate story about how they are moving in from out of town and want to send an advanced payment in order to secure the nanny for the job. When the money order arrives, it is for more than promised and played off as a mistake. The scammer requests the nanny or housekeeper to deposit the check, then keep the amount that covers her salary, and then wire the excess amount. At this point your money has been sent to the scammer and the bank has discovered (after a few weeks) that the check is farudulent. The bank will then require you to payback all of the money you deposited, including the money you sent to the scammer. According to eNannySource, this cn sometime be up to 2500-5000 Euro!

 

 

"Καλησπέρα, Εδώ και 10 μέρες επικοινωνώ με τον jack lepec και την Lepon Andriane. Το τροχόσπιτο ανήκει στην Lepon η οποία έφυγε από την Κύπρο με τον άντρα της στην Γαλλία και άφησαν υπεύθυνον τον Jack στην Κύπρο για την πώληση. Θέλουν να πωλήσουν το τροχόσπιτο χωρίς να το δούμε.  Ισχυρίζονται ότι είναι στο λιμάνι Λεμεσού και δεν μπορούν να το βγάλουν έξω αν δεν τους στείλω τα χρήματα μέσω WESTERN UNION. Διάφορα γεγονότα με φέρνουν στο συμπέρασμα ότι είναι απάτη.  Π.χ., Δεν έχει κυπριακό αριθμό για να επικοινωνήσω μαζί του κ μου ανάφερε ότι έχει χάσει τον αριθμό του. Του είπα να τον επισκεφτώ στην Λεμεσό για να δω το τροχόσπιτο κ μου λέει ότι δεν μπορώ και πρέπει να πάρω άδεια να μπώ στον χώρο που το φυλάει. Του είπα να φέρει το τροχόσπιτο έξω από ένα κατάστημα της Western Union να το δω και αμέσως να κάνω την πληρωμή. Αρνήθηκε. Την αγγελία την έχει βάλει ο user natalie... η κοπέλα ονομάζετε lepon andriane. Έψαξα λίγο στο διαδύκτιο τα ονόματα τους, για την Lepon Andriane έχω βρεί μια αγγελία της σε Πολωνική σελίδα για πώληση ένος μηχανήματος/ μικρό τρακτέρ. Για τον Jack Lepec έχω βρεί στα γαλλικά μια ανακοίνωση του ότι δίνει δάνεια με τόκο 3% κλπ κλπ.  Επίσης κάποια site έχου μπλοκάρει το email του."

 

"Hi, thanks for your reply, so please what is the present condition? Please i need more photos note. i want urgent purchase. Kind regards. Dr Agatha Phillip"

 

 

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