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How to Recognise a Scam Advert
How to Recognise a Scam Advert

Tips to Identify Fraud on the Internet

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Written by Nick Webb
Updated over a week ago


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:

  • False urgency

  • 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

Personal safety

If meeting a seller, do it in a safe and public place to avoid potential risks.

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