Don’t accept payments through Western Union Bank and Moneygram as it’s very easy to create an account using a false passport . Only do business with people you know when using these banks.
Be careful when people "accidentally" pay too much. You will be asked to transfer the difference back into their account and later the payment appears to have been done by a bad cheque . In this case you will have lost your money and the item.
Don’t accept payments through cheque . As mentioned above there is a likely chance that they will bounce .
TIPS FOR BUYERS
Check out all the buyer’s different advertisements and check the feedback he/she was given by previous customers .
Ask the seller for contact information : address and telephone number.
Only deal with one contact per item , don’t trust multiple contacts for the same item.
Sellers with a free e-mail address (hotmail, yahoo, gmail) are anonymous and therefore more difficult to check than sellers with accounts such as Skynet or Telenet.
Ask as much questions as you can about the item, even ask for more detailed pictures if it gives you a better idea of the condition of the item.
Be careful with sellers from abroad .
Beware of large numbers . Someone selling 10 of the same Chanel bags could indicate a scam or stolen goods or counterfeit . (Don’t confuse these with our Companies, who have provided us with a legitimate VAT number and address!).
Don’t trust messages that are unclear , incoherent and badly translated .
Ask about extra costs beforhand such as transaction costs or ensured shipping so that you don’t have to pay for anything that you didn’t know about.
When meeting the seller in person be sure to meet at a public, familiar place .
When paying cash only give half of the amount and go get the rest at the bank together with the seller, after you have received and checked the item.
When the seller wants to pay via bank transfer , suggest to pay a deposit first and to pay the rest of the amount after having received the item.
Be careful with “Third party shipping” transportation companies, be sure to check them out first.