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Safety at Baliadz

We have found that one of the best ways to stay safe is to ensure that all transactions take place locally, in-person and with cash. Remember that Baliadz is a local classifieds web site and please take the following precautions while using Baliadz:
• When buying or selling, you should meet in-person to thoroughly inspect the product and then exchange funds. Meet in a public place with many people around, such as a coffee shop.
• Never mail a cheque or wire money to sellers. Services like Amazon Payments, Google Wallet, Android Pay, Western Union or MoneyGram should be avoided. Typically, scammers will use these services and will even falsify documents from a legitimate company. It’s best to avoid them entirely and keep things local!
• Baliadz does not offer any sort of protection programs or secure payment systems for Baliadz items. Any emails or web sites that talk about such systems are scams, even if they may have the Baliadz logo. If you receive any emails promoting these services, please forward the message to us.
• Be wary of emails asking you to confirm your account or a password or email address change that was not requested. These are very often phishing emails by scammers trying to gain access to your account. Any emails we send requiring you to log in will bring you directly to our site. The Baliadz sign in page should always show up as being secure in your web browser.
• Do not give out personal or banking information (e.g. social insurance number, bank account number) over the Internet.
• Inform Baliadz of any attempted fraud or suspicious emails, ads, or other activity by community members. In the case of fraud, file a police report and contact us.
• Use common sense. If something sounds too good to be true- it probably is.

Signing In Securely

Keep your Baliadz account secure by only signing in when your web browser tells you the page is secure. The safe URL link will begin with http://www.baliadz.com/
To be safe, always double check the web address after clicking on any links in an email to make sure they are actually from Baliadz. We also suggest you use the latest version of your web browser and use an anti-virus program to stay completely protected.

Safety Tips for Sellers

Baliadz recommends selling your items by using our website, and dealing in-person only. We do not recommend dealing with any users who:
• Contact you about posting your ads on their website.
• Offer to sell your items for you (usually for a fee).
• Offer any kind of consignment service or any other service of this nature.
Baliadz cannot validate the legitimacy of these users, nor can we guarantee that these are not fraudulent.

Safely Completing Transactions

• Keep it local and face-to-face.
Whether you’re buying or selling, the transaction should take place in person, at a location decided upon by both parties. Conducting transactions in person also helps you avoid shipping charges, exchange rates, and most importantly, minimizes the risk of fraud. Once the item has been thoroughly inspected, you can pay in cash.

• Recognize red flags.
Be wary of any buyer or seller that tries to move the transaction to a different website, or attempts to send or request money through the mail or a wire transfer without you being able to thoroughly inspect the item first.

When you’re meeting in person, ensure you take the time to thoroughly inspect the item, even if it’s in a sealed box. If the seller is hesitant about letting you open the box, you may wish to avoid making the purchase, unless the seller’s credibility has already been established. While there is perceived value in a sealed item, there may also be an added risk that the item is not as described in the ad.
Score! You just found a great deal on a tablet while browsing through Baliadz. Staying safe is important when buying high valued items, so here are a few tips to keep in mind that will make buying a used cell phone, laptop or tablet a positive experience.

If it looks too good to be true - it probably is.
• Be suspicious of a nearly-new device being sold without packaging or accessories
• Don't accept a phone, laptop or tablet in a sealed box - you should test and inspect it
• If the price is really low for a newer model, it's probably a fake

Do your homework.
• Take a screenshot of the Baliadz ad to use as a reference
• Establish the condition of the item by using it - take photos, open a few apps, etc.

It’s in the details.
• Meet face to face and never send the seller money before inspecting the item
• Ask for a receipt and have the seller sign the back of it and include their address
• Be careful of malware and viruses on a used device - if possible, start with a clean slate

Tips for iPhone purchases
• Look at the Lock screen - if the phone has been erased remotely or put into lost mode, the lock screen will reflect that.
• Ask the seller to reset the phone while you watch. If they claim they don't remember the password or they're in a rush, these are red flags.

Tips for other smart phones
• To check whether or not the phone is stolen, check the IMEI number, before you buy, by opening the dialer and pressing *#06#. As it can take up to 48 hours for a reported stolen phone to appear on this list, you may wish to meet with the seller after this time has passed.

Remember, take your time and don't rush into any decisions - if in doubt, walk away. It's always better to be safe than sorry.
Avoiding Vehicle Scams

Here are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing a vehicle on Baliadz;

If it looks too good to be true - it probably is.
• Is the price out of line compared to other similar models on the market?
• The most common scams are basic ones like trying to pass off an older vehicle than advertised, so know what to look for in the details. Be sure to verify that the kilometers and features listed in the ad match that of the vehicle.

Remember - being able to thoroughly inspect an item before paying is a necessity for any purchase, so make sure you can see the vehicle before committing to it.

Avoiding Job Scams
Before you apply for a job, we highly encourage you to do a little research to determine if the job is legitimate before sending any personal information, or even your resume.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when looking for a job on Baliadz;
If it looks too good to be true - it probably is.
• Avoid listings that guarantee you wealth, financial success, or promise you will get rich fast. Stay clear of listings that offer you high income for part-time hours. They will do none of the above. • Be extremely wary of any company that wants to send you a cheque in the mail, either before or after you have done work for them, and then asks you to wire part of the money. This is a scam.

Do your homework.
• Has the company provided their name? If not, then we encourage you to ask for it before forwarding ANY personal information.
• Does the company have a website? If so, how professional is it? Is there contact or location information? Is there career information posted? If the company does not have a website or if it doesn't fit with how the company is described in the ad- this should be a red flag.
• How much do you know about the job from their listing? Do you know what you’ll be doing or how much you’ll be paid? Is it hourly or commission based? These are all fair questions to ask before providing personal information.

It’s in the details.
• Are they asking for money up front? Legitimate employers don't charge to hire you. Don't send money for advice on getting hired, company information, uniforms or for anything else related to a job.

Remember - any reputable company will welcome questions from possible employees and understand a desire for personal safety. If they refuse to give you this information, they are likely not worth your time.

Avoiding Real Estate Scams
When looking for a new place to live, whether it be a rental unit or house for sale, there are a few things we suggest you keep in mind in order to avoid falling prey to a Real Estate Scam;
If it looks too good to be true - it probably is.
• Does the price seem realistic for the number of bedrooms, location and amenities provided?
• Be wary of photos that are very low resolution or look slick and professional (for example, a model home or suite) if the property is being sold or rented privately.

Do your homework.
Will you actually be able to view the place before you put down a deposit? Many foreign scammers will offer pictures but will be unavailable for viewings. They will claim to be overseas but in reality, they do not own the property in the listing. This is a scam.

It’s in the details.
• In rental ads, be wary of overly flowery descriptions and extensive lists of features that are not relevant to renters, only buyers. In an attempt to be as descriptive as possible, scammers often copy ads from other Real Estate sites.
• Lastly, be careful of ads that request information in your response such as Age, Occupation, Income, Gender and more sensitive information such as bank these can often be attempts to store information.

Avoiding Pet Scams
Adding a new pet to the family can be a very exciting time. Here are a few things to keep in mind when looking for animals on our site that will help to make the experience safer and more enjoyable;

If it looks too good to be true - it probably is.
• First of all, and most importantly - always buy the animal in person. This will give you the opportunity to inspect the health of the pet, the cleanliness and safety of the location, and best of all, you’ll see if you have a good rapport with the pet. While a picture may be worth a thousand words, a real live pet will tell the story.
• Reputable breeders will never ask you to send or wire money. No matter how good the deal seems or how cute the animal is, always pay once you’ve inspected the pet and asked the breeder all of your questions.

Do your homework.
• Be aware of the laws in Indonesia. Selling or buying exotic animals like monkeys, turtles or tiger cubs is illegal and can get you in a lot of trouble.
• Take a look at the pictures in the ad. Do they look like they might be generic photos downloaded off the internet? Do not be afraid to ask for more information or pictures of the animal.

It’s in the details.
• When picking up or viewing the animal, always ask to check out their living conditions. If there are more than 3 dog breeds being raised in that location, be wary as it may be a puppy mill and you may end up with an animal that is not in the best of health.

Avoiding Service Scams
Although scams in this category are less frequent, we still encourage users to be aware of potential problems or scams that can arise when hiring someone.

If it looks too good to be true - it probably is.
• Trust your judgment when hiring someone. There are often many choices for the service you require so if you aren’t sure or something just doesn’t feel right, move on to the next one.

Do your homework.
• Check the company’s website- does it fit how they describe themselves in the ad?
• Read reviews and check references- past customers are your best source of information. Professional companies should have no problem giving you these.

It’s in the details.
• Be direct and honest about your expectations regarding the service required. Ask questions and get clarification where needed.

• Be careful with deposits- make sure you check references first and never pay more than half before the work is done.