- Never pay in advance to a seller that you do not know.

- Even if the seller discloses his/her personal information or bank account number, this does not protect you from being cheated.

- Always request for the original receipt of purchase from the seller, to verify that he/her is the rightful owner of the item; and to verify that the item is authentic.

- Avoid sending goods or payment; instead, meet in person and do COD (Cash on Delivery).

- Meet at a public place to deal.

Take extra caution when ...

- The offer sounds too good to be true.

- The other party keeps pushing you to complete the deal.

- The other party claims to be overseas or working offshore.

- You are asked for your bank account or credit card number.

- You are asked to pay large amounts of money without meeting the seller.

- Buying branded items. It is always advisable to meet up with the seller and check the authenticity of the item at a certified shop.