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How do I stay safe while using Kadzula?

While most individuals who use Kadzula have success with buying, from time to time we do receive reports of people attempting to scam or defraud our users. We have found that one of the best ways to address this problem is to ensure that all transactions take place locally and in-person. Remember that Kadzula is a local classifieds website and although each and every ad is manually screened for approval before they go live on the site, we can not be responsible if one gets by us.

Please take the following precautions while using Kadzula:

When buying or selling, you should meet in-person to see the product and exchange funds. Meet in a public place with many people around, such as a coffee shop.

Seller Scams: Never send or wire money to sellers. This includes never mailing a cheque or using payment services like PayPal, eBay Motors Purchase Protection Program, Bidpay, Western Union or Money Gram to pay for items found on Kadzula. Most scammers hide behind an email address and will try everything they can to have you send them payment before you receive your item. Always meet in person and pay after you have checked out the item.

Buyer Scams: Never accept payments from buyers wanting to pay you with services like PayPal, eBay Motors Purchase Protection Program, Bidpay, Western Union or Money Gram. They will state that they will be sending you a little extra to pay for a pickup agent and want you to give that person cash when they arrive. The agent will come out to pick up the item and after the item has been picked up they will contact the payment service and report they did not receive the item and you will have no proof to dispute it. You will be out the money and the scammer will have your item. This happens a lot more with bigger ticketed items such as vehicles, ATV's etc but can also happen on smaller items such as parts. Some known scam techniques are buyers saying they are away on business or out at sea and they have to pay for it by payment service and have someone else pickup your item. These are obvious signs of internet scams.

Cars & Vehicles: Beware of sellers offering to sell you any car, truck, boat, bike, atv, snowmobile, rv or vehicle below market price. These scammers advertise on all the car trading websites and will ask you to send money before they ship your car. The way the vehicle scam works is: Let's say the car is being sold for $4000.00 and the shipping costs are $1000.00, you, the seller, get a a cheque for $5000.00 which you duly bank. The bank may even advise you that the funds are in your account, cleared and safe. Within a few days you will be asked to send $1000.00 of the money to the shipping agent in order to pay for the shipping. You are requested to send this money by Western Union or Moneygram which you do as you have been paid. This transfer is untraceable and cashed immediately. Meanwhile your bank tells you 10 days later that the original cheque has bounced and promptly takes the money out of your account. You have been conned For $1000.00. This scam is worldwide. NEVER SEND MONEY BY WESTERN UNION. Always go and see the vehicle in person. Kadzula is a LOCAL classified website.

Kadzula does not offer any sort of protection programs or secure payment systems for Kadzula items. Any emails or web sites that talk about such systems are scams, even if they may have the Kadzula logo. If you receive any emails promoting these services, please forward the message to us.

Never enter your Kadzula password on a web page that shows up after you click on a link in an email.

Make yourself aware of common scams. Do not believe the promise of large sums of money for your help in any task.

Do not give out personal or banking information (e.g. social insurance number, bank account number) over the Internet.

Inform Kadzula of any attempted fraud or suspicious emails, Ads, or other activity by community members. In case of fraud, file a police report and contact us.

Use common sense. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
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