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Fellow AVF members, we are noticing a fair amount of scams on the rise within the Mobile and iPhone Classifieds.

What we are asking you to do when dealing with new sellers (and experienced ones too) is to make sure you confirm ALL details from the selling party.
By that i mean check out that they are who they say they are and do not go on hearsay. The following gives an idea of what you should be checking out and confirming -

Address/Works Address
Landline/Work phone
Email (Non Disposable one preferably) and mobile number.
Picture of member holding the item with username and date
A utility bill confirming the above.

An honest genuine seller, of which there are LOADS on AVF, would have no issue supplying those details, a scam artist not so keen.

The other request i see made time and time again is the 'half up front' post. This still carries 100% risk to the buyer and 0% to the seller.
Don't think for 1 minute that the scam artist isn't happy at getting £400 when you've just sent him £200!
You wouldn't hand a stranger in the street £200 with the promise of him turning up tomorrow with it would you? No, so don't do it here.

If you do go ahead without checking any details out and you do get ripped off, then you really only have yourself to blame.
If something seems to good to be true, it probably is so walk away and if you do feel something stinks report it to us Mods ASAP.
AVForums can not and should not be considered a safety net. Use common sense, be vigilant and be a responsible buyer.
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