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Stay Safe, Avoid Scams

Most scams happen in electronic transactions. Please make trasactions only when you meet face to face.

Who should I notify about fraud or scam attempts?

If you suspect that a localfiles post may be connected to a scam, please use "Report an Issue" link under the entry or contact us here. In addition, you contact following agencies:

Recognizing scams

Most scams attempts involve one or more of the following:

Examples of Scams

1. Someone claims your transaction is guaranteed, that a buyer/seller is officially certified, OR that a third party of any kind will handle or provide protection for a payment:

2. Distant person offers a genuine-looking (but fake) cashier's check:

3. Someone requests wire service payment via Western Union or MoneyGram:

4. Distant person offers to send you a cashier's check or money order and then have you wire money:

5. Distant seller suggests use of an online escrow service:

6. Distant seller asks for a partial payment upfront, after which they will ship goods:

7. Foreign company offers you a job receiving payments from customers, then wiring funds:

Sample scam emails:


That's a good price for each but you will have to send me your full name to be on the check and your full mailing address because I will not be able to come in person for the payment and the pickup due to the nature of my jobs.I will make use of a mover for the pickup soon after you have the money credited to your account.


I am looking for caring, responsible and experienced Nanny to care for my 5 yrs old daughter. You must love children and be mature, reliable, trustworthy, punctual and well presented.The work schedule is weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 Pm. Your responsibilities will include: Preparing meals for my daughter, help organize the house, light housework and cleaning my daughters room and be of mothers help .. basically i need someone trusting, loving and caring for my family. If interested contact me via email or text..


Thanks for your mail,Since the cost of your bike is $800 i just contactedmy client about the cost of your bike and it present condition and he saidthere is no problem about that.So my client said he will be issuing you aCertified Check of $4000 while you wire 3000 to me through Western UnionMoney Trasfer and you deduct the cost of your bike $800 and keep theremaining $200 which my client said you should take for the terms ofTransaction and Agreement between you and my client.So i will like you to send me your full contact information to where my client will be sending you the Certified Check like this: name......... full address............. city............... state............. country.......... zipcode............ cell/office/home phone number....................... I will look forward to the requested information as soon as possible so that the check can be sent out to you immediately And do get back to me with the Pics of the bike so tha! t my client will be Able to see What he is paying off.Get back to me immediately. Looking torwards your respond,


Hi ...this is Abdul from Hyderabad, India(currently from Des Moines, Iowa)..... I am looking for accommodation in Minneapolis ....relocating for a new job position in Edina, Minnesota ...... need it by this coming Monday please call me on ph:515-981-6170