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Safety Disclaimer

Updated on 1/13/2016
We are committed to creating a user-friendly environment, where our users can post and reply to ads and other messages freely and without concern. What follows are a number of tips and techniques you should keep in mind to protect yourself and your privacy online, whether you are using our site or some other site on the Internet. (Some of these suggestions "repeat" because they apply in multiple situations.) This list is not exhaustive and you should not use it as a substitute for your own common sense. As always, the best protection is to use good judgment and trust your instincts.

Responding to an Ad

Do not wire money, or send a check, for an apartment you have not seen to a person you have never met.
Do not give out personal information about yourself, such as your social security number, without verifying that a job posting is legitimate. Meet people in a public place.

Placing an Ad

Online advertising allows us to quickly and effectively reach as many people as possible that are interested in what we are selling or offering. It is important to remember that you may not know the people responding to your ad, so be careful.

Do not include personal information in an ad, such as your full name or address, and do not post images or content that are prohibited by our Terms of Use or Privacy Policy, like nudity or messages relating to illegal activities. Talk to people on the phone before giving them information, like your address, and trust your instincts.

Scams and Fraud

No matter where we are or what we are doing, a handful of people can make it difficult for everyone. This is true in the online advertising area as well. Use the same common sense you would use in the real world when reading an ad. If it is too good to be true, it is a scam. Please read about these common scam types to educate yourself.

Resources:

  • Federal Trade Commission
  • FBI - Be Crime Smart
  • Topics - OnGuard Online
  • Money Order/Wire Transfer Scam

To Report Scams and Frauds:

To file a complaint online: www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov
FTC toll free hotline: 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261
Canadian phone busters hotline: 1-888-495-8501
Non-emergency number for your local police department
Email: [email protected]

Human Trafficking

Over the past 15 years, "trafficking in persons" and "human trafficking" have been used as umbrella terms for activities involved when someone obtains or holds a person in compelled service.

The United States government considers trafficking in persons to include all of the criminal conduct involved in forced labor and sex trafficking, essentially the conduct involved in reducing or holding someone in compelled service. Under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act as amended (TVPA) and consistent with the United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (Palermo Protocol), individuals may be trafficking victims regardless of whether they once consented, participated in a crime as a direct result of being trafficked, were transported into the exploitative situation, or were simply born into a state of servitude. Despite a term that seems to connote movement, at the heart of the phenomenon of trafficking in persons are the many forms of enslavement, not the activities involved in international transportation.

For more information on Human Trafficking, please visit Office To Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

To report a potential victim of Human Trafficking, or if you are a victim yourself or you know someone whom you suspect may be, please call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline at 1-888- 3737-888, or visit: Report a Tip | Polaris Project | Combating Human Trafficking and Modern-day Slavery.

Child Exploitation

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children helps not only locate missing kids, but also helps children that are victims of sexual exploitation of any kind. If you have seen a missing child, or a child that is being victimized, please take action and make a report to the CyberTipline: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. For more information on the National Center, please visit: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.