Avoid Scams and Fraud
Here are some tips to help you
avoid scams and fraud on Flag2Flag.com and anywhere else on the
- Only deal with people in your area.
The best way to avoid scammers is to deal locally, with
people you can meet in person. Scammers will often contact
you from another country or somewhere far away, asking you
to ship the item you're selling.
- Don't wire funds (Western Union, Money Gram, etc.).
If you're asked to wire funds, you're talking to a scammer.
- Beware of fake cashier's checks and money orders.
Scammers will often send you a fake cashier's check valued
above your asking price. The scammer will then ask you to
wire the over-payment back to them. Your bank may even cash
this check, but when it's discovered that the check is
fraudulent, you will be held responsible by your bank.
- Beware of identity theft. Don't share your private
Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the
United States. Don't give out bank account numbers,
passwords, mother's maiden name, date of birth, place of
birth, credit card numbers, social security numbers, or any
other personal information.
- Use caution when accepting relay calls from the
hearing and speech impaired.
Relay calls are a legitimate service for people with hearing
and speech disabilities. However, scammers often use this
service to contact you, pretending to be deaf. Remember to
deal locally, with people you can meet in person.
- Avoid shipping and escrow.
Scammers commonly employ fake, online escrow services.
- Avoid deals that are too good to be true.
Scammers try often to post fake ads, selling items that are
significantly underpriced. If you see any of these fake ads,
please report them by clicking "Flag abuse or spam" in the
Please understand that
Flag2Flag.com is a freely available service to help buyers and
sellers (and etc.) find one another. Flag2Flag.com is not
involved in any transactions and can not police the actions of
our many users.