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All publicly accessible electronic services, including social networks and forums, are open to abuse. AngloINFO takes many measures (technical and other) to minimise the potential for abuse, but like all public online services, abuse by some unscrupulous parties is possible. From time to time, emails are sent via the Classifieds and Discussions that are illegal scams, attempts to defraud users, or so-called "phishing" attempts, most frequently in the form of the Advance Fee Fraud, variations of the so-called "Nigerian Letter" or "419" scam.
Should you receive such an email via AngloINFO, please do the following:
If you have been a victim of a scam which appears to have been perpetrated through AngloINFO:
For further information on protecting yourself online, please see the following resources:
Remember, as the saying goes: "If it looks too good to be true, it probably is!"
Here are some common scams to watch out for:
This scam usually originates from an email, often purporting to be from a government official, asking for assistance in moving a large sum of money out of their country (often Nigeria, but it may be any other country). The recipient of the email is told they may keep a percentage of the money in return for their assistance. The scammer makes money through the payment by the recipient of fraudulent ‘administrative fees’ and other advances.
Used for purchases, rent/security deposits and advances on wages, this scam involves the scammer providing a cheque written for more than the purchase price, rent or wages. They then request you to refund the excess. The real vulnerability for you lies in depositing the cheque only to find that weeks later it is refused. At this point your bank will take the full cheque amount (including the excess) from your bank account.
MoneyGram or Western Union transactions for the purchase of a product or service should be avoided as they provide little to no protection for either buyer or seller. A common money-transfer scam involves a seller asking you to transfer money to someone you know and then asking to see the receipt (which includes the transfer tracking number) as proof you are able to make this type of transfer. That transferred money can be collected by a fraudulent seller using the tracking number.
Used for product or property transactions, the seller or renter sets up a fraudulent escrow account at a website or company that appears legitimate but is not. The victim deposits money into the account, never gets it back and receives nothing in return.
Used when a seller fraudulently claims that import duty or brokerage fees are payable for the buyer to receive the item. They buyer pays these fake fees directly to the seller or a fraudulent courier or other intermediary.
Ukash transactions between a private buyer and seller through a classifieds ad should be avoided. Common Ukash scams include:
A’ seller’ of an expensive breed of pet will claim to be overseas and require the purchaser to pay transport fees for the delivery of the animal. The transport fees are paid upfront either directly to the ‘seller’ or to a fraudulent transport company, the buyer ends up with no pet and has lost the transport costs.
Offers for job opportunities that involve working from home ‘stuffing envelopes’ (which turns out to be selling a multi-level marketing scam to others) or cashing cheques are usually money-laundering situations. The AngloINFO Terms and Conditions expressly forbid postings in violation of the law (which include these types of job ads) and AngloINFO actively works to prevent such postings.
If you have posted an ad on AngloINFO we may send you a small number of emails to keep you updated on the status of your ad and to make you aware of any responses. Sometimes you may receive an email that looks like it is from AngloINFO but raises some suspicion on your part.
Spoof emails are fake emails made to look like they’ve been sent by a legitimate company. They trick people into either replying or clicking a link to reveal confidential information like bank account details or account passwords.
How can I spot a spoof email?
There are many types of computer viruses, Trojans and malware that are designed to take control of your computer and in some cases disable it. AngloINFO takes these threats very seriously and ensures that its security systems meet the latest standards and that its sites are regularly tested.
When anti-virus software detects a possible threat, the software usually generates a pop-up informing the user that that it has detected a malicious program and asks whether it should be permanently deleted.
There are a number of clever Trojans and viruses that can by-pass anti-virus software. If your anti-virus software invites you to download another software package (usually a free anti-virus cleaning program), this is a sign that a malicious program is present. Under no circumstance should you accept the download.
Some viruses use the internet browser (particularly Internet Explorer) on the host’s computer to spread viruses or to pass on the Trojan download. In most cases, this is done by the virus masquerading as a trusted website, such as AngloINFO. To the user, it looks as though the virus is present on the website is, but this is rarely the case. If an anti-virus pop-up appears on an AngloINFO website follow the instructions of your anti-virus software.
While AngloINFO takes active measures to ensure the safety of the content on its own sites, it cannot be responsible for the content on all of the sites to which it links. Some of these sites may host malware. Some anti-virus software is able to identify and report this threat, but not all programs can.
To learn more about current threats visit the AVG official blog.
To check the safety status of AngloINFO visit the AVG ThreatLabs Web Site Reports. Your anti-virus software may come with a similar site report service which can be used to check the safety of any website.
To learn more about viruses, Trojans and malware visit:
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