5 tips to avoid getting scammed on Kijiji or Craigslist

Canadians have been buying and selling things online for years but online marketplaces are also a popular place for scammers looking for their next con. Here are some tips on how to avoid getting scammed during an online transaction.

Kijiji says, whether you're buying or selling, you should ask a lot of questions.

Canadians have been buying and selling things online for years. Though useful, online marketplaces are also a popular place for scammers looking for their next con. 

Last week, a Kitchener man almost fell victim to a scam on Kijiji and he tried to get his lawn mower repaired. When the man asked the 'repairman' for his phone number the person backed out and stopped answering emails.

Shawn McIntyre, with Kijiji, says safety is a top priority for his company. He offers these tips to avoid being scammed — as a buyer or seller. 

  1. Ask a lot of questions. If the seller is reluctant to answer questions, be concerned. If the seller is unwilling to give information about the item they are selling (history, details or better pictures) be concerned. If the seller is unwilling to meet or give you an address to where you can meet, be concerned.
  2. Make sure the product is of value, good quality and functional. For example, if you're buying a cell phone, make sure you're able to activate it.
  3. Do not send money via e-transfer or through a money exchange service.
  4. Make the exchange in person with cash, if possible.
  5. Meet in a public place where you feel safe. Bringing a friend along is always a good idea.

With files from Carmen Ponciano