Safety Tips

We are interested and committed to creating a user-friendly environment where it is easy for users of this site to post and reply to ads without any concern. There are many things you should keep in mind to protect yourself and your privacy online. The following are the few tips and advice to ensure you have the safest possible experience when using http://kudulist.com/

Posting an Ad – Online advertising gives us an opportunity to reach people as many as possible but be careful while posting an ad as you may not know the people who respond to your ad.

  • Never include your personal information in the ad like your full address.
  • If someone says they are out of the country and they want to send you money for shipping goods to them, it’s probably a scam! Never send money to anyone. KuduList is for face to face trading only.
  • Talk to people on the phone and use your common sense before providing them information, like your full address and trust your instincts.
  • If someone is coming to check out the items you advertised, make sure you’re not alone when they arrive.
  • It is always good to show items that are portable but expensive like a digital camera in public places instead of your home.
  • Take someone along with you when you meet the people personally.
  • Meet people in a public place.

Responding to an Ad – Online ad services gives us an immense number of opportunities to find different types of items that we are interested in purchasing but be careful while responding to an ad as you may not know the people who post ads.

  • Avoid up-front payments via money order, wire transfer, western union or MoneyGram before you see the item and meet the person personally.
  • Use common sense and never provide your personal information and trust your instincts.
  • Always meet people in a public place.
  • Don’t carry large sums of cash on your own. Take a friend with you to purchase the item.
  • Be suspicious of people who claim to be out of the country.
  • Be suspicious if a deal is too good to be true. Don’t let greed get the better of you!

Scams and Fraud

We live in a world where there are some people who can make our life miserable. This is true in the online advertising area as well. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. KuduList has teamed up with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), a fraud and internet crime reporting centre, to ensure you have the safest possible experience when using KuduList.

If you would like to report any suspicious ads or a person who has acted illegally on KuduList, or you have been the victim of a scam or know of a fraudster, please head directly to the Internet Crime Complaint Center’s website: http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx and report fraud or internet crime by using their online reporting tool to file a complaint. KuduList is increasing the chances of bringing online fraudsters to justice.

We also recommend that you contact the Police in your country for information on how to report online scam and fraud or if you believe you might be being set up as a target for fraud, please contact your local police station and make a formal complaint.

Please email us at [email protected] to notify us if you receive a scam email, together with the user email address, or sender’s user account details and we will investigate your claim and terminate their account accordingly.

What is West African “419” fraud?

Advance fee fraud or ‘419’ fraud (named after the relevant section of the Nigerian Criminal Code) is a widespread crime with the West African criminal element. There is a myriad of schemes and scams – mail, faxed and telephone promises designed to facilitate victims parting with money. All involve requests to help move large sums of money with the promise of a substantial share of the cash in return.

Do you receive an offer for more money than advertised?

Another popular scam is to be sent a cheque for more money than the goods are advertised for, you are then asked to forward the difference to the purchaser of your goods.

How the scam works is that the cheque you are sent is fraudulent, usually drawn on a foreign bank account, or is a stolen cheque. After you bank the cheque, the scammer/fraudster will ask you to send back the difference as soon as possible. A week or so later, your bank will inform you that the cheque is false and your bank account will be debited, therefore losing your money.

Never release your goods until the bank has confirmed that the cheque or bankers draft has completely cleared.

Useful information

  • Avoid scams by acting locally or paying with PayPal
  • Never pay with Western Union, Moneygram or other anonymous payment services
  • Don’t buy or sell outside of your country. Don’t accept cashier cheques from outside your country
  • This site is never involved in any transaction, and does not handle payments, shipping, guarantee transactions, provide escrow services, or offer “buyer protection” or “seller certification.”