Unrealistically low prices are a major red flag. Don't let the excitement of getting a bargain blind you. Be cautious and look for other signs of fraud before making a purchase.
Investigate the seller
Check the seller's account age, reviews, and any other items they are selling. Look for genuine activity on their account. Do a Google search for their name and phone number.
Avoid sellers from remote locations who refuse secure payment methods like Bike Hub Pay. This could be an indication that the seller has no intention to deliver the goods.
Investigate the advert
Use reverse image search to check for fake images. Look for inconsistencies in images and descriptions. For example, are the plugs South African or do the plants in the background grow here commonly, etc.
During your conversations with the seller, watch out for:
Refusal to allow inspection of the goods
Any requests for deposits
Payments through insecure methods; like sending cash to a phone number or retail store or PayPal
Pushing you off the platform to WhatsApp or email
If meeting a seller, do it in a safe and public place to avoid potential risks.
More tips on trading safely on Bike Hub: https://help.bikehub.co.za/en/articles/3538876-safe-trading-tips-bike-hub-classifieds