A Service you did not ask for: Internet Scam!

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If you are looking for a certain service, such as home services, tutoring, lessons, child care, financial services, or web services, the best way to go is local. And what better place to search and compare service offers than a free classifieds website such as Locanto?
It's always good to swap skills if you have good neighbors, but some things should be done by professionals with years of experience as well as qualification and certification.

However, not everyone on the Internet is who they claim to be.

Therefore, if you are looking to take someone up on a service offer, make sure to follow these useful advice:

  • Always make sure the other party is trustworthy.
  • Do not accept service offers with a very price far below the usual market price.
  • Compare various offers first to make yourself familiar with the respective market prices.
  • Do not accept checks from outside your country or payments via anonymous payment services such as Western Union or Money Gram.


When it comes to child and elderly care, you should pay special attention to the following guidelines:
  • If you are looking for someone to look after your child or elderly family member, or if you are offering your services, always make sure to meet the other party in a safe public place first.
  • Never let anyone into your home to look after your kids or other family members if you haven't gotten acquainted with that person first.
  • Make sure your kids or other family members also feel comfortable around their caretaker. Arrange a meeting where you are also present to see how they react towards the candidate.
  • If you are offering your caretaker services, make sure to also meet at a safe public place first.
  • Never go into a home of someone that you don't know.
  • Always trust your instincts and leave if you do not feel comfortable.


Another touchy subject is financial services:
  • Do not accept loans from private persons.
  • Always make sure to research for the company offering a loan before agreeing on any transactions. Are they registered in the respective country? Does their phone number work?
  • Make sure the company is trustworthy. If possible, see a representative at a local office before requesting any loans.
  • Do not invest large sums of money in projects or companies that don't seem trustworthy.
Indicators are, among others:
  • Companies that are located outside of your country
  • Companies promising a large amount of profit
  • Companies offering very low interest rates
  • Companies that offer a loan of a very large sum (more than what you ask for) for a ridiculously low interest rate


If you pay attention to these guidelines, asking for services in your city will be a great experience, because not only will you receive fast service (since the company is located in the same town or near you), but you are also supporting the local economy!

Remember: Locanto is all about local stuff, so be careful when accepting a service from other countries.

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