On Internet FraudAs internet commerce increases so does internet related fraud. Tradeguide24.com is extremely sensitive to this issue and would like to urge our members to be vigilant. Before committing to a transaction make sure to follow some guidelines. If you think you have spotted a scam please contact Tradeguide24 immediately.
How to avoid Internet Fraud?- Do a background search before engaging in any business online. Accuracy of information provided can be confirmed by trade institutes, credit agencies, and chambers of commerce.
- Ask questions and be vigilant. Legitimate traders will willingly and promptly answer questions. Don’t shy away from being skeptical. Ask for references.
- Beware of companies that only provide a fax number or an email address in their contact. Also keep in mind that a well done, attractive website doesn’t necessarily mean that the company is legitimate and honest.
- Companies based in Nigeria and Indonesia are showing the highest signs of internet fraud and members should be extra careful when dealing with such companies. But remember that decisions based solely on location might be irrelevant as scammers might be located anywhere.
- Look for red flags. Grand promises, unprofessional proposal letters should prompt you to research more before indulging.
- Do not act hasty and get pressured into a deal. Take your time to research the company, ask questions and get the answers verified by 3rd parties.
If an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is. Beware of curiously high or low prices, as they are often fraudulent schemes.
Request a sample to ensure the quality of the product. Make sure the product meets your criteria before committing to a purchase.
Do Not accept to make payment by Western Union, or wire transfers. These fraudulent sellers will try to entice buyers by posting the hottest new items at low prices.
Request a nominal payment from unknown buyers that ask for samples.
Beware of payments made by credit card. Fraudulent buyers tend to ask sellers to split a large payment by 3-4 credit cards. These stolen credit card numbers work, so the seller feels secure to send the merchandise.
Tradeguide24’s Anti- Spamming PolicyAt Tradeguide24, we have a strict policy against spamming. We specifically request our members to not send unsolicited messages and/or mass emails of any kind that highlights the products and/or services promoted by their company with an obvious intention to market at the expense of our other member’ privacy privileges. We strictly request you to not use electronic mediums to promote your products in unsolicited or using pro-spam methods while utilising Tradeguide24’s company identity and name as reference. In the event that we deem you to be in violation of these policies, we shall immediately revoke your membership rights and close any active account. We also reserve the right to suspend your account in light of the receipt of any complaint or other evidence that you may be engaging in any spamming activity.
What is Spamming?
• An activity wherein you directly or indirectly transmit email messages to any email address that has not solicited such email and does not consent to such transmission • Excessive and unsolicited use of self-promotional techniques at the expense of another individual’s privacy and membership rights
If you are spammed by one of our members or suspect a member of indulging in spamming, please report this activity to firstname.lastname@example.org