Spammers have targeted our site over the past few months. With the help of some of our users, we quickly spot these and remove them immediately from the Junk Mail website, but with the rate at which ads are being placed on the site, we sometimes miss a few and unfortunately some of our users have fallen for these scams and lost money to these fraudsters. We have therefore come up this guideline to protect our users from such.
Posing as sellers, spammers place fake adverts on Junk Mail, when potential buyers try to contact them, usually the phone number is faulty, invalid or diverted to voicemail. Now, because spam adverts are usually cheaper, well below market rates, the potential buyer will pursue the seller then use the “Reply By Email” link to contact the seller via e-mail.
The spammer will respond with a story of being in the UK or anywhere out of the country and at this point by email the seller informs the customer that they are unable to use the phone and that they can only converse via email.
The seller will ask for a deposit or the full price to be transferred to them but after they have received the money they create an excuse as to why they cannot release the vehicle, need more money to be transferred or become impossible to contact.
Below is a list of things to avoid when using this site:
- Look out for vehicles / electronic appliances / cell phones or other items that are below market rate because the seller is a widow or a funny story. Try to look for vehicles that are within market rates, anything “cheap” should always be scrutinised.
- Do not make payment until you have actually seen the item that is advertised and are you happy with it.
- Avoid making any payments to Western Union / Moneygram / via Ebay / via BidorBuy.co.za / via Carfind.co.za / via Bikefind.co.za / via another 3rd party website for an item advertised on Junk Mail. Junk Mail does not conduct payment transactions via 3rd parties. It’s almost 100% certain that you are being lured into a scam if you come across this.
- Be cautious if the advert or ensuing emails are full of spelling mistakes and bad grammar, as this seems to be a trait of fraudulent adverts.
- Finally, if you are suspicious or not sure of anything at all, do not hesitate to contact us for guidance.
Also remember that Junk Mail does not have “verified traders”.Please let us know if you find an advertiser that claims to be a Junk Mail Verified trader.