SAFETY ADVICE & TIPS
The overwhelming majority of muslim-ads.co.uk users are trustworthy and well-intentioned however there may be some who do not fall in this category and are intent on cheating on others to make personal gains.
muslim-ads.co.uk cannot be held responsible for any resulting loss or damages. However we have prepared some general tips and information on how to spot fraudulent/scam adverts which we hope will assist our visitors from becoming a victim and make the visitor’s experience on muslim-ads.co.uk safe and enjoyable.
TYPES OF SCAMS
Emails requesting your personal details (Spoof or Phising Emails)
Phishing is an attempt to steal your personal data via a fraudulent e-mail or website claiming to be legitimate seeking identifiable information. For more information and to download a phishing filter add-on please visit Microsoft.
If you ever receive any emails requesting your details even if the email or contains our logo then this is definitely a scam. Should you receive such an email then please report it to us.
Adverts or users requesting payments via Money Transfer
Avoid deals that require transfer of money via Western Union Money Transfer/Money Gram or Escrow Services as anyone who asks payments to be made via these is usually a scammer because these services are meant for families or when dealing with someone you know . Below is an example of an email received by a visitor on Muslim-ads she responded to the ad which was also posted on Muslim-ads luckily the scam ad was removed after the sister reported it to us.
419 Scams are emails received from someone claiming that your help is needed to transfer money out of that country, however they will ask you to pay towards the making the transfer and once you have paid you will never hear from that person. For more information on this type of scam please visit the Metropolitan Police website.
Work from Home Scams
Gone are the days of legitimate work from home jobs, nowadays such offers are usually scam or fraudulent as usually they require the user to register and pay a registration fee. People believing these jobs to be real pay the fee in the hope of finding work from home such as stuffing envelopes etc but they never receive any work and lose the registration fee.
Other ways of spotting scam adverts or emails
Another good way to check if the advert is scam or not is by looking at the contact email address provided in the advert. Below is list of some examples:
Note the 1st part of the email like for example the 1st email says carphonewarehouseltd the 2nd part is @inbox.com. If this was a genuine email address it would have @carphonewarehouse.com.
The last email was used for a posting titled “Work From Home” when you look at the email address provided the 1st part refers to Unicef but the 2nd part has no metion of Unicef and instead is gmail.com
GENERAL SAFETY TIPS
1. Deal locally with people you can meet.
2. Never give out your personal or financial information to anyone online.
3. Always view the property before you pay any deposits.
4. Never post any items until you have received the payment and it has cleared.
5. If you are responding to a post in the Marriage proposal section then we strongly advise you to visit www.islam.about.com which provides information on Marriage and how to select your partner as per the deen.
6. If you are responding to a job advert always research on the company that is offering the job and meet your prospective employer in person.
7. If you are looking for Nanny/Teacher/Driving Instructor- always check that they have the right qualifications, ask for references and most importantly check to see that they are registered with a vetted organisation and are CRB cleared.
8. If you are purchasing tickets to events-always check that the event advertised is genuine and also if someone is selling on a ticket to an event check to ensure that they are allowed to sell on the ticket as some may not allow their tickets to be sold on by the purchaser
9. When buying goods try to view them before you buy if that’s not possible then ask for recent photos of the goods that are on sale.
10. Finally use your common sense-if an offer sounds too good to be true then you will most probably find that it is.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU BECOME A VICTIM OF FRAUD/SCAM
Report it to us and report it to your local Police station. If reporting by phone then dial your local Police station’s non-emergency number.