Safety Tips

Buying & Selling – Safety Tips

  • When buying or selling, you should meet in-person to see the item and exchange money. The purpose of the Gulfji.com “For Sale” category is to encourage face-to-face, local, trading. For personal ease and safety, always ensure you take someone with you. If you're answering a home service ad, ask the poster to produce identity and proof of qualification before inviting them into your home.
  • Never send your item before receiving the money
  • Never send or wire money to sellers or buyers. This includes never mailing a cheque or using payment services like Bidpay, Western Union or Money Gram to pay for items found on Gulfji.com. It is our belief that these forms of funds transfer are favoured by fraudsters.
  • Gulfji.com doesn’t offer any sort of buyer protection/ payment programs. Any emails you receive that talk about such systems are scams, even if they may have the Gulfji.com logo. If you receive any emails promoting these services, please contact us at info[at]Gulfji[dot]com
  • Please also take special care when buying expensive items like mobile phones, laptops, plasma TVs, airline tickets and even tickets for shows/gigs. When buying airline tickets we suggest you take the seller's name and ticket number, check the ticket exists and take responsibility yourself for changing the names.
  • Never provide your personal or banking information (e.g. credit card number) to others over the Internet.
  • Make yourself aware of common scams and fraud - Do not believe the promise of large sums of money for your help in any task.
  • Please report any attempted fraud or suspicious emails, ads, or other activity by community members. In case of fraud or illegal activity, we also recommend that you report it to the Police.
  • Use common sense. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

What should I watch out for when buying an item?

Here at Gulfji.com we do our very best to protect our users and make your visit to Gulfji.com safe and enjoyable. However we also encourage you to always be on your guard. It is Buyer Beware! To stay safe when buying an item please read our tips in Buying & Selling – Safety Tips plus have a look at our Scam Watch section to stay up to date on common scams out there.

I’ve sent the poster my money but he has not sent the goods.

Unfortunately, we are unable to get involved in the private transactions between a buyer and a seller. However, if you can report the details , we will keep the details on permanent file under the poster's records.

You may wish to contact your local citizen’s advice bureau or the Police, who will be able to advise you on the best course of action to take. The number for your local office can be found in the phone book.

The poster wants me to send cash up front - what should I do?

Don't do it. Gulfji.com recommend that buyers NEVER send cash or cheques through the post, or place money directly into a seller's bank account, in advance or expectation of receiving goods. We do not advise parting with your money/goods until the transfer of goods/cash is completed face to face.

Watch out for Western Union/Bid Pay – it is our belief that these forms of funds transfer are favoured by fraudsters. PayPal is much more secure.

See Buying & Selling – Safety Tips for more advice.

Accommodation – Safety Tips

o View properties in person. Gulfji.com is a local community site and we encourage face-to-face, local, trading. People willing to rent a property without seeing it/ or the prospective tenant first, even if they claim that it is because they are currently overseas, are unlikely to be legitimate. For personal ease and safety, always ensure you take someone with you, or if you are inviting someone into your home ask to see personal identification first.

o Never send or wire money to landlords. This includes never mailing a cheque or using payment services like Bidpay, Western Union or Money Gram to pay for items found on Gulfji.com. It is our belief that these forms of funds transfer are favoured by fraudsters.

o Gulfji.com doesn’t offer any sort of buyer protection/ payment programs. Any emails that talk about such systems are scams, even if they may have the Gulfji.com logo. If you receive any emails promoting these services, please inform us at info[at]Gulfji[dot]com

o Never provide your personal or banking information (e.g. credit card number) to others over the Internet.

o Make yourself aware of common scams and fraud - see our Scam Watch section. Do not believe the promise of large sums of money for your help in any task.

o Please report to us if any attempted fraud or suspicious emails, ads, or other activity by community members. In case of fraud, we also recommend that you report it to the Police.

o Use common sense. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Matrimonial – Safety Tips

For all personal encounters with people you are not familiar with, we stress that you MUST TAKE CARE! Here are our top tips for staying safe:
  • If you do decide to meet someone through Gulfji.com, for your own personal peace of mind and safety, we suggest that you meet in a very public place and if possible take someone along with you when you first meet the person. If you do not have a friend with you, then ensure that you tell someone exactly what you are doing, where you are going, when you are expected back, and give contact numbers, etc.
  • Once at your rendezvous, if you feel at all uncomfortable with the situation, then we suggest you politely excuse yourself and leave. Do not feel obliged at any time during the encounter to do anything you are uncomfortable with.
  • The friends/matrimonial/casual categories are designed for individual people to meet others at a level that they are comfortable with. We promote safe practices and strongly advise people to use common sense and express due caution in every situation.

Jobs – Safety Tips

  • You should find out as much as you can about the company from independant resources before taking up a position. If you are an employer, follow up on references and check on their authenticity.
  • Meet your prospective employers/ employees face to face.
  • You should NOT have to provide your bank account details when applying for a job (this should only be once you have accepted an offer and started with the company). If any jobs ask you for them, please report the ads to Gulfji.com by clicking on ‘Report this posting for review by Gulfji.com admin’.
  • Unfortunately some scammers do target job seekers so please make yourself aware of the common scams out there by looking at Scam Watch. All the usual common sense rules apply - if it looks too good to be true it probably is!

Scam Watch

There are some dodgy people out there, and despite our efforts to keep them from Gulfji.com and protect you, occasionally a bogus ad or buyer slips through. Read here for some common scams on the net to watch out for.

Brand name spoofing/phishing: You get an email that claims to be from Gulfji.com, eBay, Western Union, or another company and offers buyer protection or an online payment system or perhaps a cash prize. These emails will typically request that you send money or provide personal information. Any emails which combine urgency with some need for personal details should be treated with caution, no matter whom they purport to be from. Gulfji.com and most other companies will never send out such emails. If you send money via these sites you are likely sending money to the fraudsters.

If you receive an email alleging to be from a company offering a service then go directly to the company’s official website and look for details of the service.

Cheque overpayment: A buyer or seller or prospective tenant will send you a cheque worth more than the value of the items/ rent and then ask for the surplus money to be returned to them or a third party, for example “to pay for shipping”. The cheque will clear into your bank, only to be stopped/refused weeks later. At this point, the Banks/Building Societies will take the full cheque amount back out of your account. Not only will you have lost the goods, you will be out of pocket for the amount of the cheque and the amount you passed on as the difference.

Payment for brokerage/importing: A seller claims that there are brokerage fees, import duties, or other such fees required to get an item into the country. Do not pay such fees, as you will most often never get the product and will have lost any money you paid. Again, Gulfji.com is designed for local, face to face trading.

Fake escrow sites: A buyer or seller or prospective tenant/ landlord suggests using an escrow service to complete the transaction. Often these escrow web sites are run by fraudsters (even though they may look "official") and they will take your money and never send you the product.

Work from home: Many work from home offers are "pyramid schemes" which require you to recruit other members in order to get paid. For example, an ad may say that you can make KD 3 an hour by stuffing envelopes. But to make that money, you need to sell the system to others. Other work from home opportunities are fronts for money laundering - key warning sign should be any 'job' that involves you receiving cheques and cashing them. For these reasons we typically don't accept work from home positions on Gulfji.com.

I have been a victim of a scam/ I suspect a scam what should I do?

Please inform us at info[at]Gulfji[dot]com so that we can immediately remove the ad from our listings. However please note Gulfji.com does not take responsibility for any such scams based on your dealings with anyone posting a classified on our site.

I have received an email that I think may be a scam. How can I tell if it is dodgy or not?

There are many different types of email scams that exist. You should show caution in all instances, especially with people who;

* Are overseas (remember Gulfji.com is a local community site)
* Request payment via Western Union (or other online payment methods)
* Request that you send goods before you receive payment
* Claim to have a friend/agent who can pay you an amount greater than the value of your goods, then ask you to send them the difference.

Here are two examples of fraudulent emails:

DEAR SIR.
THROUGH THE INTRNET I DISCOVERED THAT YOU WANT TO SELL solid wood dining suite IN THE AMOUNT OF KD 15, IN WHICH I HAVE INTEREST ON IT. OUR PAYMENT IS BY BANK DRAFT. WHILE WE URGE YOU TO FURNISH US THE NAME, ADDRESS AND TEL. NO FOR YOU TO RECEIVE THE PAYMENT. WAITING FOR YOUR URGENT REPLY.

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Hello,
I have seen the price and its ok by me then i have instructed my client in to issue the cheque on your name , meanwhlie i also instructed him to include your money on the payment so you should be expecting a cheque of KD.15. this excess is for my shipper that will be coming for pick up of the goods from your location, the funds will be used for the shipping of the {racelet trailer tent} along side other goods i placed order for in care of my shipper to handle for me, i imploy that as soon as you receive my payment cash and and deduct your money for the item (KD.3) and have my shipping Charges Paid to My delivery Company as soon as you receive the payment .
    
My Shipper will come for pick up of the goods on a specified date that will be convenient for you i hope i can count on you for my balance I ALSO WANT THIS TO BASE ON TRUST CAN I TRUST YOU?...hope i can trust you with my shipping company charges. Please acknowledge this email I have sent you and await my Payment. I request you provide me with your details, for Payment to be Issued and mailed out to you .
    
Details :
Name in full: , Address: , City: ,: , Zipcode: , Phone#:
Thanks as I await your Payment Details.

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See Scam Watch for more details of what to look for.

Report suspicious emails to us to info[at]Gulfji[dot]com


Abuse/ harassment

We don’t tolerate harassment or abuse of our Gulfji.com users and take reports of this nature very seriously. If you have experienced abuse or harassment in connection to either an ad on Gulfji.com or an email received from a Gulfji.com user then please email us at info[at]Gulfji[dot]com

If you have received an abusive email you might also want to forward the details of the abusive email to the sender's email account provider (i.e., Yahoo!, Hotmail, AOL).

Someone has posted an ad on Gulfji.com with my details

There could be several common reasons for this, including simply human error. This occasionally happens when a poster mis-types a phone number/email address in their ad. This occurs mostly in newspapers when posters mis-quote their phone numbers when placing classified ads over the telephone and sometimes happens on the internet too.

Please inform us at info[at]Gulfji[dot]com and we will remove it immediately.

I have never posted an ad on Gulfji.com but I am receiving phone calls/emails??

There could be several reasons for this, including simply human error. This occasionally happens when a poster mis-types a phone number/email address in their ad. This occurs mostly in newspapers when posters mis-quote their phone numbers when placing classified ads over the telephone and sometimes happens on the internet too.

Please inform us at info[at]Gulfji[dot]com and we will remove it immediately.

I have been sent the password for my ad. I did not request this, so why have I got it?!

Somebody else has keyed in one of your posting reference numbers to request the password to your ad. They may have done this accidentally, so do not worry. We’d only email the password to the contact given in the ad – no one else.

Spam

While posting a classified on Gulfji.com we suggest you to avoid giving out your email address and let user contact you using the online contact form.


I have received a spam email in connection to my ad on Gulfji.com

If you have received a spam email in connection to your ad on Gulfji.com then please inform us at info[at]Gulfji[dot]com so that we can try and stop these people from emailing Gulfji.com users again.

How to report ads/ emails

Reporting to us any suspicious activity, spam or abuse helps us keep Gulfji.com safe.

To report an ad, you can either
* Use the "Report abuse " link that can be found in the right-hand corner of every ad.
Or
To report a suspicious email in connection to your ad on Gulfji.com then please report it to us at info[at]Gulfji[dot]com

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