Erken provides the following guidelines:• Know the potential buyer/ seller – have a name, telephone number, place of work and the contact details at hand.
Always verify these details and ask for alternative numbers, emails, a utility bill or payslips.
These are often emotional purchases and buyers are lured by their heartstrings to pay for non-existent pets upfront.
Keep it safe So how can you safeguard yourself against the perils and pitfalls?
Online portals cannot entirely eliminate pitfalls, but using a local classified website that knows and understands South African consumer behaviour will certainly minimise the risks.
Felix Erken, MD of local classifieds exchange Junk Mail, says the perception that online classified sites are rife with fraudulent posts or online scams is untrue.
It makes sense to use local suppliers who know the scams doing the rounds in your neck of the woods and to follow their guidelines, says Erken.
And if a deal seems too good to be true, it usually is.
Or the Fin24 user who was diddled out of his hard-earned pennies in a sophisticated pet travel scam, which involved sending money via Western Union to Cameroon for a "refundable" deposit.
They helped us with maps for our onward journey, booked us an excellent restaurant at short notice, they have a wealth of knowledge on South Africa!
Nice garden and pool, comfortable rooms and pretty breakfast area. Phil & Linda we’re amazing, I’m pretty sure that whatever u needed, they would find a way to sort out for you!
Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.
Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.4 for a two-person trip.