Websites like Kijiji, Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace are easy ways to sell your unwanted items. However, it is necessary to make sure you stay safe when buying or selling online.
It may only be 1 or 2 per cent out there that are coming to size up your house instead of just coming to look at a couch you have for sale. It is important to be smart and safe.
Here are some tips to help keep you safe:
Meet in a public place – Whenever possible meet in a public place. Coffee shops, restaurants, parking lots or the mall. Many police stations now have designated spots for exchanges.
The seller should be in control of the situation – It should be up to the seller to choose the location and the protocol, not the buyer.
Get as much information as possible – Sellers should always arrange to speak with the potential buyer over the phone ahead of the meet up. If they seem suspicious in any way, walk away. As an added precaution write down their licence plate number when they arrive.
Get payment in cash – Kijiji recommends getting payments in cash since cheques and digital payments can be faked.
Tell someone or bring someone – Let a friend or family member know where you’re going and when you plan to be back. If possible bring someone with you.
It is important to use common sense and if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
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