BE ALERT.   AVOID SCAMS.

It is recommended to trade locally. Meet in person. Pay in cash. Do not wire or transfer money to strangers. Beware of fake cashier's check. Prevent identity theft. Avoid shipping and escrow service. Kuxol does not handle payments, guarantee transactions, offer "buyer protection" or "seller certification". Do not believe deals that sound too good to be true.

Safety Is Always Our First Priority

Kuxol recommends you to always exercise caution when dealing with someone you have never met before or you don’t know well. In order to help users to preserve privacy and do online transaction in a safer way, Kuxol offer users the following features:

 

  • Nowadays, many police departments welcome people to do exchange and swap within their vicinity. Kuxol has compiled a National List of Police Departments in the form of google map so one can conveniently and easily pick their local police department by city and calculate how long it takes for one to get there from their current location.

 

  • In addition, Kuxol Connect offers online video chat (among many other features) which allows one to see the other member's face and offered item(s) or service in real time so a digital copy can be kept for reference. Besides, it also enables one to obtain the approximate geolocation of the other person to find out if he or she is at the city claimed. This can be a handy tool to deter bad-intention people.

 

  • Do not invite strangers to your home, nor give away more personal information (like full name, phone numbers, complete physical addresses of home and workplace, email address, social security number, social media account etc) than absolutely necessary.

 

  • On the other hand, we also understand that business owners would likely want others to know about their business contact methods. Therefore, it is not mandatory for users during signing up to provide their personal contact information except the email address which Kuxol needs just for the sake of communication between Kuxol and the members. Your email address is never exposed to any other members in any form. Nevertheless, members are encouraged to input the city, state and zip code on the advertiser's profile as well as the ad for Kuxol's search engine to get to the ad faster.

 

  • There is a Reporrt Abuse link on the footer of every Kuxol's webpage. A "Report Abuse" button is also made available on every ad detail view page. Should you believe a listing looks suspicious of coming from the dark side (fraud, scam, fake, or illegal items, services and activities), please do report abuse right-a-way. Every case will be investigated and appropriate action will be taken (e.g. removal of ad and deactivation of user's account). Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for more details.

 

  • There is also a Review and Comment section on every ad detail view page and the overall review can be found on the advertiser's profile page which could be a good reference for you. One can also get to the avertiser’s profile by clicking the advertiser's user name on the ad detail view page.

 

  • Kuxol also offers a tool "Verify ID", which displays on the left column of most webpages, that you can use to verify if a member used a popular social media (e.g. facebook, google+, linkIn) account to sign up or not. You will then be re-direct to the advertiser's profile page after the verification is done.

General Tips

  • Use your common sense. If a listing or a deal is too good to be true, it most likely is. An ad with a product at a significantly lower price than it is available elsewhere, which has a big difference between asking price and actual worth, should be suspicious.

 

  • Avoid dealing with people that use profanity, abusive, or discriminatory language.

 

  • Do not send funds by wire transfer, money order or international funds transfer that are not trackable (e.g. Western Union and MoneyGram). Beware of payment through PayPal that could be from a stolen account which PayPal might ask you pay back later. Beware of fake cashier’s check and money orders. Never send cash in the mail. Try completing your transactions in person whenever possible. This can make sure that the item and money or item and service exchange hands at the same time.

 

  • Meet face-to-face. It is better to do it in a public place where there are usually a crowd of people, sufficient lightning and surveillance cameras. Coffee shops, fast-food chain stores, restaurants, post offices, libraries and police departments are nice choices. You may find many nice and convenient meeting places for your choosing under the Meetups Category.

 

  • Try bringing someone, like a friend or relative with you. In case it is not possible, at least tell trusted person that you intend to meet a stranger and give them a copy of the details you have collected. Don’t carry large amount of cash when meeting strangers.

 

  • Beware of identity theft. Never give out personal information (like full name, phone numbers, complete physical addresses of home and workplace, email address, social security number, etc) unless absolutely necessary.

 

  • Never give out your financial information (bank account number, credit card number, driver’s license number, social security number).

 

  • Trust your instincts. If you don't feel comfortable buying or bidding on an item, feel pressured to place your order immediately, maybe you shouldn't.

 

  • kuxol is not involved in any transaction between users. We do NOT
  1. handle payments
  2. guarantee transactions
  3. guarantee results
  4. provide or recommend escrow services
  5. offer "buyer protection"
  6. offer "seller certification"

In case you are told or received notification about any of the above, it is definitely a fraud or scam which you should keep a big distance from. Please report abuse as soon as possible.

 

  • For pet buying, don’t trust any seller who will ship the animal to you without letting you see it in person.

 

  • Inspect and look up your purchase carefully before making payment.

 

  • Use a counterfeit detection pen for large bills.

 

  • Avoid any deal that involves a shipping or escrow services.

 

  • Do not sell a vehicle without a notary.

 

  • Do not accept a "work from home" job that requires one to
  1. involve in financial transfers (money manager)
  2. make a deposit
  3. work as collection agent
  4. involve in shipping and logistics management
  5. involve in survey-taking
  6. involve in mystery-shopping

 

  • Call 911 immediately whenever you feel threatened.

 

Common Scams

Scam artists use clever schemes to defraud millions of people around the globe each year. The following examples and advices from OnGuard Online can help you maximize the benefits of the internet and minimize your chance of being defrauded. Learn how to recognize common scams and what you can do to avoid them.

 

 

 

  • Identity Theft

    Here's an overview of what to know and do about identity theft.

 

  • Hacked Email

    What to do if you think your email or social networking account has been hacked.

 

  • Spam

    What you can do to reduce unwanted commercial emails.

 

  • Phishing

    What to do about messages that ask for your personal information.

 

  • Money Transfer Scams

    Scammers often insist on money transfers for payment because wiring money is like sending cash: Once it's gone, you can't get it back.

 

 

  • Online Penny Auctions

    Tips to help you understand how penny auctions work and recognize the pitfalls before you lose any money.

 

 

  • Fake Check Scams

    A fake check can take weeks to uncover – and cost you a fortune.

 

  • Imposter Scams

    Tips to help you spot a scammer impersonating a friend or relative.

 

 

  • Miracle Cures

    Health products that overpromise usually under-deliver. Here’s why.

 

 

 

 

 

Besides above common scams, Pets-for-Sale scam is a popular one on classified ads site as well. Such scammers usually create ads that claim to be a professional breeder or associated with pet adoption. The pets are offered at significantly lower prices, even for free to attract victims. They normally use Google images and fake information. Scammers ask the potential buyer to pay for vaccination, insurance, shipping, and other processing fees before they can deliver the pet. The buyer will be required to pay the fees through non-returnable payment, like: MoneyGram, Western Union, or wire money to a foreign bank account, but never receives the pet.

 

Keep yourself update with common and new scams or frauds through OnGuard Online and these Federal offices: Federal Bureau Of Investigation, Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) and Federal Trade Commission.

Check out "Scam Buster" from Kuxol Forum  for more information.

Preventative Tips

Following are preventative measures from Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) that will assist you in being informed prior to entering into transactions over Kuxol.com and other online sites:

 

Tips for Avoiding Auction Fraud

  • Before you bid, contact the seller with any questions you have.
  • Review the seller's feedback.
  • Be cautious when dealing with individuals outside of your own country.
  • Ensure you understand refund, return, and warranty policies.
  • Determine the shipping charges before you buy.
  • Be wary if the seller only accepts wire transfers or cash.
  • If an escrow service is used, ensure it is legitimate.
  • Consider insuring your item.
  • Be cautious of unsolicited offers.

 

Tips for Avoiding Credit Card Fraud

  • Ensure a site is secure and reputable before providing your credit card number online.
  • Don't trust a site just because it claims to be secure.
  • If purchasing merchandise, ensure it is from a reputable source.
  • Promptly reconcile credit card statements to avoid unauthorized charges.
  • Do your research to ensure legitimacy of the individual or company.
  • Beware of providing credit card information when requested through unsolicited emails.

 

Tips for Avoiding Employment/Business Opportunities

  • Be wary of inflated claims of product effectiveness.
  • Be cautious of exaggerated claims of possible earnings or profits.
  • Beware when money is required up front for instructions or products.
  • Be leery when the job posting claims "no experience necessary".
  • Do not give your social security number when first interacting with your prospective employer.
  • Be cautious when dealing with individuals outside of your own country.
  • Be wary when replying to unsolicited emails for work-at-home employment.
  • Research the company to ensure they are authentic.
  • Contact the Better Business Bureau to determine the legitimacy of the company.

 

Tips for Avoiding Escrow Services Fraud

  • Always type in the website address yourself rather than clicking on a link provided.
  • A legitimate website will be unique and will not duplicate the work of other companies.
  • Be cautious when a site requests payment to an "agent", instead of a corporate entity.
  • Be leery of escrow sites that only accept wire transfers or e-currency.
  • Be watchful of spelling errors, grammar problems, or inconsistent information.
  • Beware of sites that have escrow fees that are unreasonably low.

 

Tips for Avoiding Identity Theft

  • Ensure websites are secure prior to submitting your credit card number.
  • Do your homework to ensure the business or website is legitimate.
  • Attempt to obtain a physical address, rather than a P.O. box or maildrop.
  • Never throw away credit card or bank statements in usable form.
  • Be aware of missed bills which could indicate your account has been taken over.
  • Be cautious of scams requiring you to provide your personal information.
  • Never give your credit card number over the phone unless you make the call.
  • Monitor your credit statements monthly for any fraudulent activity.
  • Report unauthorized transactions to your bank or credit card company as soon as possible.
  • Review a copy of your credit report at least once a year.

 

Tips for Avoiding Phishing/Spoofing

  • Be suspicious of any unsolicited email requesting personal information.
  • Avoid filling out forms in email messages that ask for personal information.
  • Always compare the link in the email to the link that you are actually directed to.
  • Log on to the official website, instead of "linking" to it from an unsolicited email.
  • Contact the actual business that supposedly sent the email to verify if the email is genuine.

 

Tips for Avoiding Nigerian Letter or "419"

  • If the "opportunity" appears too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Do not reply to emails asking for personal banking information.
  • Be wary of individuals representing themselves as foreign government officials.
  • Be cautious when dealing with individuals outside of your own country.
  • Beware when asked to assist in placing large sums of money in overseas bank accounts.
  • Do not believe the promise of large sums of money for your cooperation.
  • Guard your account information carefully.
  • Be cautious when additional fees are requested to further the transaction.

 

Tips for Avoiding Ponzi/Pyramid

  • If the "opportunity" appears too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Beware of promises to make fast profits.
  • Exercise diligence in selecting investments.
  • Be vigilant in researching with whom you choose to invest.
  • Make sure you fully understand the investment prior to investing.
  • Be wary when you are required to bring in subsequent investors.
  • Independently verify the legitimacy of any investment.
  • Beware of references given by the promoter.

 

Tips for Avoiding Reshipping

  • Be cautious if you are asked to ship packages to an "overseas home office."
  • Be cautious when dealing with individuals outside of your own country.
  • Be leery if the individual states that his country will not allow direct business shipments from the United States.
  • Be wary if the "ship to" address is yours but the name on the package is not.
  • Never provide your personal information to strangers in a chatroom.
  • Don't accept packages that you didn't order.
  • If you receive packages that you didn't order, either refuse them upon delivery or contact the company where the package is from.

 

Tips for Avoiding Third Party Receiver of Funds

  • Do not agree to accept and wire payments for auctions that you did not post.
  • Be leery if the individual states that his country makes receiving these type of funds difficult.
  • Be cautious when the job posting claims "no experience necessary".
  • Be cautious when dealing with individuals outside of your own country.