Recently, it has been reported in the news that the police has noticed an increase in numbers of ‘Multiple Payment Online Purchase’ scams. In these cases, scammers entice victims with attractive online advertisements of handphone or tablets with low prices for a limited time. Once payment is made, the items were never received and these scammers would be un-contactable.
While most people have been successful with their transactions on 0065, you are nonetheless advised to stay alert so as to prevent any cases of spam, fraud or abuse. The 0065 team has taken great care in implementing measures to protect our users by screening and approving all ads before they are published according to our advertising policies, however, we are unable to verify the legitimacy of the buyer and seller in the vetting process and users must exercise caution when making payments.
Here are some top safety tips to help you out.
If you’re a Buyer:
Be wary of promises to earn quick money with little effort on your part, some of these common scams include:
You will receive an email asking for your help to take a large amount of money out of a foreign country whereby you will be promised a commission. Eventually you will be asked for financial assistance to take the money out of the country. Once you have paid out the amount, you will not hear from them again.
Brand name spoofing/ phishing
Emails you receive like this may claim to be from 0065, eBay, Paypal or another company. Combined with a sense of urgency, they will typically request that you send money or personal information to them. As it is not 0065’ policy to send out such emails, you are likely dealing with fraudsters. Always check for suspicious email addresses and domains that do not look official.
A prospective buyer will send you a cheque worth more than the value of the item you are selling and then ask for you to return the extra amount, either directly to them or through a third party eg. payment for shipping. Ultimately, you will find that you have lost your item, the initial cheque amount and the surplus amount to the scammer.
If you’re a Seller:
Reporting scams and frauds
If you see and suspect that an ad on 0065 is illegal, defamatory, obscene and fraudulent or otherwise violates our 0065 policies, please email us at singcity[at]singcity.info. We will take appropriate actions to rectify the issue upon investigation. If you have been cheated by a fraudulent Ad on the site, or your transaction has gone bad, please contact us. In the event of any fraud or illegal activities, report the incident to your local police.
Reporting abuse / Harassment / Spoof (fake) / Spam emails
If you have experienced abuse or harassment in connection with either an ad on 0065 or an email received from a 0065 user, please forward the details (ad title, seller contact details and URL) and sender’s email account provider (eg: Hotmail, Yahoo!) to us at the footer of the page.
Once the ad is found to be violating our advertising policies, 0065 will suspend all accounts under the user to prevent further abuse. An Ad can be reported as Spam, miscategorised, offensive, no longer current or illegal.
Remember, if it’s too good to be true, it often is.