While most individuals who use AutoEchange have success with buying, selling, renting or connecting with others, from time to time we do receive reports of people attempting to scam or defraud our users. We have found that one of the best ways to curb this problem is to ensure that all transactions take place locally, in-person and with cash. Remember that AutoEchange is a local classifieds web site and Ads are not always reviewed before they go live on the site.
Please take the following precautions while using AutoEchange:
•When buying or selling, you should meet in-person to inspect the product and exchange funds. Meet in a public place with many people around, such as a coffee shop.
•Never send or wire money to sellers or buyers.
• If you receive any emails promoting these services using our logo or brand name, please forward the message to us.
•Be wary of emails asking you to confirm your account or a password or email address change that was not requested. These are very often phishing emails by scammers trying to gain access to your account. Any emails we send requiring you to log in will bring you directly to our site. The AutoEchange sign in page should always show up as being secure in your web browser.
•Make yourself aware of common scams. The following are more in depth articles on tips for avoiding scams while checking out the Tickets, Real Estate, Cars and Vehicles, Jobs, Services, and Pets sections. Also here are common Reply Scams that can come in response to your Ad or when you reply to an Ad.
•Do not give out personal or banking information (e.g. social insurance number, bank account number) over the Web Internet.
•Inform AutoEchange of any attempted fraud or suspicious emails, Ads, or other activity by community members. In the case of fraud, file a police report and contact us.
•Use common sense. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.