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Fraud Awareness & Protection

Internet scams and fraud are a growing problem. If you watch out for the warning signs you can help avoid scams and fraudulent activities.  Please review our tips for staying safe and always use your best judgment when buying anything from an unknown person.  Remember, if something seems to good to be true, it probably is.  If you spot fraudulent or suspicious activity on our site please contact us immediately.

 

 

Advice for Buyers

Advice for Sellers

Report Suspicious Activity

Common Scams

 

 

General

 

Be aware that Rides.com is an online listing service that brings buyers and sellers together. All transactions take place directly between the buyers and sellers.  We do not sell vehicles or any of the other listings posted on our site.  We do not collect payments nor do we warehouse or ship any of the items posted on our site.  We do not offer Escrow services to our sellers or buyers.  If you receive any correspondence implying that Rides.com provides any of these services please report them to us immediately.

 

 

Advice for Buyers

 

1.) Watch out for listings that are too good to be true.  When an item is priced at a much lower price than it should be, then you should be suspicious.

 

2.) Exercise extreme caution when sending money, especially to foreign countries.  Western Union and MoneyGram are very popular for internet scams because they are instant and not easily traceable.

 

3.) See the merchandise you are buying in person.  Avoid doing business overseas unless you have personally verified the seller's identity and confirmed they can legally sell the merchandise in question.

 

4.)  Be wary of sellers who only communicate via email and are unwilling or unable to speak on the phone.

 

5.) Always use virus protection when opening emails from sellers.

 

6.) Be wary if the seller is in too much of a hurry to close the deal.  Scammers usually push for quick action and payment.

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Advice for Sellers

 

1.) Be aware that sellers can be victims of scams as well.

 

2.) Try to deal locally and meet the buyer in person.  Be wary if the buyer is out of the country or far from where the merchandise is located.

 

3.) Be wary of buyers who only communicate via email and are unwilling or unable to speak on the phone.

 

4.)  Watch out for complicated payment arrangements.  Be suspicious when a payment scheme involves several steps.  Also do not get involved in payment arrangement where you are overpaid with a check and then asked to send the overpayment amount back to the seller.  Never accept a payment for more than your asking price.

 

5.) Always verify your payment before transferring ownership of the merchandise, including transfer of title.

 

6.) Use a legitimate and proven escrow service.  We recommend Escrow.com.  If you choose to use another escrow service, be aware that a lot of escrow sites on the internet are fraudulent.

 

7.) Be wary if the buyer is in too much of a hurry to close the deal.  Scammers usually push for quick action and payment. 

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Report Suspicious Activity

 

1.) If you suspect you are involved in a scam, then cease all communication with that person.

 

2.) Promptly report the suspicious activity by contacting us.

 

3.) You may also file a report with the Internet Fraud Complaint Center.

 

4.) Take any steps to cancel the transaction and stop payment and contact local law enforcement authorities.

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Common Scams

 

1.) An email requesting your personal or financial information.  Be advised that Rides.com will never ask for your personal or financial information via email.  Never email your username, password, social security number, bank or credit card information.  The email may appear to be from Rides.com, but it is not.

 

2.) An email that claims Rides.com will guarantee a transaction, certify a buyer/seller, OR claims that Rides.com will handle or provide protection for a payment.  Remember Rides.com plays no role in transactions. The email may appear to be from Rides.com, but it is not.

 

3.) A buyer offers to pay you with a Cashier's check that exceeds the value of your item then asks you to send the overpayment amount back to them.  Banks may cash a cashier's check then later hold you responsible when the check doesn't clear.

 

4.)  A seller requests payment via Western Union or Moneygram.  Common countries include Nigeria, Romania, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands, though it could be anywhere.

 

5.) An online seller suggests use of an online escrow service.  Be aware that a lot of online escrow services are fraudulent.

 

6.) Too good to be true.  The seller will have a good excuse why they are selling the item at such a low price.  They will create a sense of urgency and pressure you to buy it fast without seeing the merchandise.

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