General Internet Fraud, Classifieds Scams, Abuse and Suspicious Replies
What we can do to help.
1/ Education: The NFED is certainly no worse hit than any other popular website, but we are determined to fight back making it harder for the fraudster by keeping our users fully informed; "forewarned is forearmed". New scammers are listed below, linked from What's New, Twitter & Facebook.
2/ Protect Advertisers: To contact an advertiser, a form must be submitted which is sent to the advertiser by Email without showing the address. Providing you not include your address in the advert text or reply to an enquiry, your Email address is safe.
3/ Identify Fraudster's: The senders IP address is included on classifieds enquiries which allows us to trace the senders service provider & country. If necessary, we can block access to the entire website &/or report them to their service provider.
4/ Share Information: The fraudster's aim is to creep around the internet unnoticed, defrauding people at every opportunity. Publishing their details makes them available to others searching for an Email address. The more trouble that we cause for them, the more likely they are to leave us for other sites that don't take the time to deal with them.
What NFED users can do to help.
Make sure that you are aware of the common scams.There are numerous types of scam, although many do not apply to the NFED the common scams have been listed on this page to help our users understand the various ways that criminals will try to trick you out of your money.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have also advertised elsewhere, you can identify NFED enquiries by the Email subject line "NFED Classifieds Enquiry". Providing it is an NFED enquiry, we will check the address & either add it to the list to warn others, or let you know if we consider it to be ok. We cannot deal with Emails originating from other websites, please contact them directly.
Whether it is internet, phone or post, NEVER give anyone contacting you, your personal or bank details, full or part pin numbers, passwords or send them money. That is all they want & will give many different reasons why you need to give it.
Any reputable company will fully understand your caution, just offer to call back the registered company phone number or contact them through an official website. Never use the number given by the caller or a link provided by Email.
If the sender is listed below, there is no need to report it, just
delete the Email & do not reply.
The senders IP address is shown on any NFED Enquiries. This can be checked this against the list below.
The following list applies to the NFED Classifieds only.
The caller claims that they are from a company or give a name that you know, explaining that there has been a problem with the payment or asking for payment for any other reason. They ask for your card details to rectify the problem.
THIS IS A SCAM.
Never give your payment or personal details to anyone calling you.
All websites & printed media are being targeted. The NFED is certainly no worse hit than others, but we are determined to make life as difficult as we can for the scammers by ensuring all of our customers are aware of the scam & not taken in.
IF YOU RECEIVE A CALL OR THREATS ARE MADE.
THEY ARE NOT UNTOUCHABLE
Buying & Selling Scams
This is a world wide problem for ALL Internet and traditional printed classifieds.
Just remember the following, use common sense and enjoy using the NFED classifieds:
That horse or cute puppy in the photo on the legitimate-looking website is almost too good to be real. Often, he isn't.
One scam promises you a free puppy or horse, you only have to pay the shipping cost. Once the scammers get your payment, the scammer says your animal is stuck at the airport or port due to customs complications, and you are asked to send more money for up keep or to get customs release.
Finally, the scammer disappears along with your money. In many cases, victims think their animal is at the airport waiting for them after they've sent several payments. Don't reply to their Emails.
In times of recession animals do suffer & there are plenty of people that want to help. Unfortunately the scammers know this & they never miss out on an opportunity to get part you & your money.
A number of scam horse welfare sites are now popping up with the intention of getting your donations or bank details. Please carefully check the credentials of any such site before entering any personal information. They make look very official with lots of photos of malnourished & neglected horses, or links & backing of other well known organisations, but this is meaningless & can easily be faked. Just because they say that they are supported by a well known organisation, it doesn't mean they are!
If they are a registered charity, they will have a registration number which can be checked online out at: www.charitycommission.gov.uk
If you would like to give money to charity or a welfare organisation, choose one which is well known and has a good reputation. If in doubt about an organisation’s legitimacy or credibility take the time to check it out with your local Horsewatch scheme, Police, or other reputable registered charity i.e. RSPCA, World Horse Welfare, Redwings Horse Sanctuary, The Donkey Sanctuary.
A collection of unsolicited bulk electronic messages; Any undesired electronic content automatically-generated for commercial purposes; An unsolicited electronic message sent in bulk, usually by email or newsgroups; Alternative form of SPAM; To send spam (i.e. unsolicited electronic messages
Spambots are computer programs that crawl the internet, filling in & submitting forms with spam & links. These can be very hard to stop & are to blame for the various methods used to try to identify humans & real form entries (CAPTCHA). We have stopped many of the simple bots, but the more sophisticated do manage to get through occasionally. Please do not click on any links contained in your classifieds replies
For further Information on Classified Scam and other Internet Fraud, Please See PAGE 2 >>>
Sample Adoption Scam Email
your full name?
so with the above information i can then book the flight
to your home . and as for the price your going to pay just for the transportation
and delivery of the horse to your home which will cost you just 500$,This
money includes the transportation,change of ownership papers ,delivery
charges AND CUSTOME.
For an ongoing scam staring your friendly editor & a fraudster know as Kelly, Please Click Here
The following are just a few actual scam Emails received by our advertisers. They are quite easy to spot, but may improve over time.
Hello i am interested to purchase the 17" synthetic saddle. Please tell me the present condition your last offer for the 17" synthetic saddle and your phone number. expecting your urgent response. thanks
Waiting For Your Quick Respoced A.S.A.P.
I look forward to your reply ASAP.
N-B: Please include recent pictures.
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