BDLIST.net Safety Tips:

Avoiding Scams

  • Deal locally, face-to-face —follow this one rule and avoid 99% of scam attempts.
  • Do not provide payment to anyone you have not met in person.
    Beware offers involving shipping – deal with locals you can meet in person.
  • Never wire funds (e.g. Western Union) – anyone who asks you to is a scammer.
  • Don’t accept cashier/certified checks or money orders – banks cash fakes, then hold you responsible.
  • Transactions are between users only; no third party provides a “guarantee”.
  • Never give out financial info (bank account, social security, PayPal account, etc).
  • Do not rent or purchase sight-unseen—that amazing “deal” may not exist.
  • Refuse background/credit checks until you have met the landlord/employer in person.
  • “BDLIST.net Voicemail” – Any message asking you to access or check “BDLIST.net voicemails” or “BDLIST.net voice messages” is fraudulent – no such service exists.

 

Who should I notify about fraud or scam attempts?

Bangladesh:
Police Headquarters (PHQ) – dedicated hotline (+8801730336431)
Cyber Police Centre, CID, Bangladesh Police

UAE:
You can report cybercrimes online through the following channels:

Australia:
https://www.esafety.gov.au/report

United States

Canada

If you are defrauded by someone you met in person, contact your local police department.

Recognizing scams
Most scams attempts involve one or more of the following:

  • Email or text from someone that is not local to your area.
  • Vague initial inquiry, e.g. asking about “the item.” Poor grammar/spelling.
  • Western Union, Money Gram, cashier check, money order, Paypal, Zelle, shipping, escrow service, or a “guarantee.”
  • Inability or refusal to meet face-to-face to complete the transaction.