Although rare, scams occur in every category. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Staying safe is simple - see it before you buy it. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it is, and if the person refuses to let you see the item in person, don't trust them.
Staying safe is simple - see it before you buy it. Beware of pets that are otherwise expensive or rare being offered for adoption or for very cheap.
If someone offers you a work from home opportunity that involves cashing a check (except for your paycheck after you started working), don't trust them, it might be a scam.
Don't buy expensive "brand new" or "unlocked" electronics such as phones or computers from sellers who don't have websites and want to do business through email or chat. You have no guarantee they will send you the item back. Only buy items like this in person or on reputable retail websites.
Don't rent a place unless you were able to see it in person. If you are moving to a different place or renting a vacation rental, don't pay the deposit until you have talked to the person on the phone and established that they are trustworthy.
Don't accept any reason for why you should send the renter money before they sign a lease.
We do all we can to stop scammers from contacting you, but if you get a message from a buyer offering to pay more than you are asking or asking you to ship to a foreign country, don't reply to them. Never cash a check from someone you haven't met in person, it might be fake.
CanadianListed does not handle any aspect of the financial transaction, does not provide "Bills of Sale", or any escrow services. If you are not sure if an email is from us, contact us directly.
The best way to tell a scam is to be familiar with popular scams that occur these days. However, in addition to that, scammers often share some of these other characteristics: