The overwhelming majority of online users are trustworthy and well-intentioned. With billions of human interactions facilitated, the incidence of violent crime is low. However, please take the same common sense precautions online as you would offline.
When you intend meeting someone for the first time, please remember to:
Taking these simple precautions helps make online safer for everyone.
For more information about personal safety online, check out these resources:
Distant seller asks for a partial payment upfront, after which they will ship goods:
Foreign company offers you a job receiving payments from customers, and then wiring funds:
Someone claims your transaction is guaranteed, that a buyer/seller is officially certified, OR that a third party of any kind will handle or provide protection for a payment:
Most scams attempts involve one or more of the following:
In the United States
If you are defrauded by someone you met in person, contact your local police department.
If you suspect that a bestafrica.com post may be connected to a scam, contact us.
Deal locally, face-to-face —follow this one rule and avoid 99% of scam attempts.