BDLIST.net Safety Tips:
- 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?
Police Headquarters (PHQ) – dedicated hotline (+8801730336431)
Cyber Police Centre, CID, Bangladesh Police
You can report cybercrimes online through the following channels:
- the eCrime website
- Dubai Police’s website
- the ‘My Safe Society’ app launched by the UAE’s federal Public prosecution (the app is available on iTunes or Google Play)
- Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre or 888-495-8501 (toll-free)
If you are defrauded by someone you met in person, contact your local police department.
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.