In my area, I’m known as “the computer guy”, so I help out people here and there with their computer issues. Even though web designers can’t fix computers, I do this as a service to my community and it’s some money on the side.
Anyway. Today I was helping someone that has a vehicle for sale on Kijiji, and unfortunately became target of a scam. Instead of gutting their situation, I’ll explain the do’s and don’ts for posting an ad on Kijiji.
Posting your vehicle on the Canadian classifieds like Kijiji is totally safe and legit. Kijiji is owned by Marktplaats.nl, the Dutch variant of Kijiji, which in turn is headed by eBay. Giving your money for advertising your stuff to Kijiji is totally ok.
What’s not ok is when “companies” randomly call you saying that they have a solid lead/buyer for your product. All you need to do is sign this document and give them your credit card info. NEVER give your credit card info to these types of people.
As a rule: It’s generally ok to give your credit card info over the phone if YOU are calling THEM, and you’ve checked them out to be legitimate. NEVER give people your credit card info when they call you.
Hi, my name is Craig, from supremecarmarkets.com. I saw your vehicle on Kijiji, and I have someone very interested in that vehicle. We’re a brokerage company making it easy for you to sell your vehicle through our website. The buyer is willing to pick up the vehicle tomorrow, if that works for you.
I’ll send you all the information you need to make the deal happen. If you could send us a few pictures of the vehicle, like the VIN number, all the sides of the vehicle and the interior, including a picture of the odometer.
All I need from you is a painless, one time fee that will guarantee the possible sale of the vehicle. Whenever you’re ready, I’ll take the numbers, please.
See how easy that is?
ALWAYS tell them that you want to think about it if they ask you for your payment information, no matter how small the fee is. Let them email you more information, and Google that information to make sure it’s not a scam.
So you fell for it anyway? There are things you can do. Depending on your location, please go talk to your lawyer. In the mean time, contact your credit card issuer and tell them to reverse the payment, and report the recipient as a scam.
I genuinely feel bad for my client, because they had no idea.