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Staying Safe Online & Avoiding Scams


TheFlyer.com provides an excellent place for people to buy and sell online, as well as advertise any events and services, all from the convenience of home. With that said, we’d like all of our users to conduct business with the same attention to detail and diligence that you would when doing business face to face.

We try our absolute best to insure that our website is free of people trying to commit scams or fraud. The overwhelming majority of our users are trustworthy and not out to harm people in anyway. However, there is always the possibility that something may slip through. With that in mind here are some tips for safely conducting business on TheFlyer.com.

· Beware of buyers and sellers who claim they are based overseas. To add to this beware of people who claim they are not in the same state/location of the item they are selling.

· Doing all business in person is always a good way to know that the items you are purchasing are what have been represented in an advertisement. If you do a meeting in person, remember to use good common sense. While millions of people conduct transactions in person every year, there are still a few bad apples out there. If you cannot have someone else accompany you to buy or sell your item(s), meet in a public well-lighted place. Remember, if you feel uncomfortable, leave immediately. You can visit this link here to view a list of Safe Zones in your area to complete a transaction.

· Avoid any requests in which payment is requested by money transfer. Consider using a reliable 3rd party source such as PayPal or something else with some buyer / seller protection features. An alternative would be to consider the use of an escrow service such as Escrow.com

· Do not accept any checks that appear to be an overpayment or are for a sum much larger than you requested. That is a popular Internet scam.

· Be very diligent when discussing any transaction that contains a shipping cost

· Do not disclose any personal info such as logins, passwords, bank account info, etc.

· If you accept a check or money order as payment always wait at least 7 after it clears before sending your goods as it could be a forgery.

· Stay clear from doing business with any buyer that insists you give them money that they will pay back with the payment. This is another classic Internet scam.

· Do not do business with any person or business relating to anything on our Prohibited List

· The best rule of thumb is that if at any point you feel that something is too good to be true…it probably is. Do not contact the user, and instead contact us here at TheFlyer.com and we will manage it from there.

When it comes to services, before entering into a contract or working with a professional, verify their license number at www.myfloridalicense.com. It is also helpful to ask family and friends for recommendations. If you encounter suspected unlicensed activity, you are encouraged to report it to DBPR by calling the Unlicensed Activity Hotline at 1-866-532-1440 or filing a complaint at www.myfloridalicense.com.

We hope that when using our website you do not fall victim to any scam or fraudulent activity. If you do, per our Terms of Use, The Flyer is not responsible for any losses incurred. We suggest that if you feel you have been the victim of a crime that you contact your local law enforcement agencies and if our assistance is needed we will provide it to those agencies.