Shop safely

While most individuals who use mabads have success with buying, selling, renting or connecting with others, from time to time we do receive reports of people attempting to scam or defraud our users. We have found that one of the best ways to address this problem is to ensure that all transactions take place locally and in-person.

Please take the following precautions while using mabads:
  • Never pay in advance to the seller that you do not know.
    Never send or wire money to sellers or buyers. This includes never mailing a cheque or using payment services like PayPal, Bidpay, Western Union or Money Gram to pay for items found on mabads.
  • Even if the seller discloses their personal information or bank account number, this does not protect you from being cheated.
  • When buying or selling, you should meet in-person to see the product and exchange funds. Meet in a public place with many people around, such as a coffee shop.
  • Where possible, request original receipt and a written receipt for the purchase.
  • Never send the goods before payment arrangements have been finalised.
  • Make yourself aware of common scams. Do not believe the promise of large sums of money for your help in any task.

Take extra caution when...

  • The offer sounds too good to be true. Use common sense. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • The other party keeps pushing you to complete the deal.
  • Someone asks for your bank account or credit card number. Do not give out personal or banking information (e.g. ID Card number, bank account number) over the Internet.
  • Where possible, request original receipt and a written receipt for the purchase.
  • Paying large amounts to people you don't know. Try to meet up at a shop or at a public place.

Inform mabads of any attempted fraud or suspicious emails, Ads, or other activity by community members.