wcrd14_logo_th_199x118.jpg Existing in a generation that relies heavily on technology for communication renders a third of the world population helpless when it comes to issues like security, billing and having contracts that are fair. Facebook, Whatsapp, Viber, SMS, MMS dependency and Internet usage in general have become deeply ingrained parts of our lives that we fall prey to phone and internet packages that are made available to us, no matter what price. For many, the internet is their only access to "being social". However, not everyone is well aware of their rights as consumers and not everyone is well-informed about securing private data. With the recent controversy about the NSA tapping all lines of communication for their "security purposes", this year's World Consumer Rights Day topic proves to be the most appropriate among other consumer rights issues.

Cute puppies? Beware of the trader!

Thinking about buying a cute little puppy? Beware! It happens all too often that scammers play their evil games on the Internet. Easily, the cute little puppy picture turns into a very unpleasant and costly experience. puppies.jpeg

Safer Internet Day: February 11, 2014

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sid.png "Let's create a better internet together" is 2014's slogan for the celebration of Safer Internet Day on February 11. This tagline is a wakeup call for all internet users and does not just involve website admins and authorities alone. Like we at Locanto always say, internet safety is a two-way street. Actually it's gone way more interactive than that. It works more like a huge community now, where we look after each other's safety.

We give you information and warnings on the site, and you as our users should read them, be aware and spread the word about it. How can we participate in our own way?
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THINK:

When you are new to a website, do you first read a site's terms of use and privacy policies before continuing to the site? Do you bother to check the links at the bottom of the homepage? You should!
We were just wondering why, despite the many warnings we have installed on Locanto, still some users violate the rules and worse, get scammed. Let us explain further why you should pay attention to these details no matter which internet platform you use.

Lately there's been a lot of noise about the latest gaming gadgets such as the PS4 and Xbox One. Pre-orders were overflowing, advance deposits have been sent and launch parties were held all over the world by the biggest electronics stores, to the benefit of big companies Microsoft and Sony. Unfortunately, somewhere in between the big companies and the gamer, there are other unwanted entities also benefitting heaps from this gaming rush - the scammers.

We stumbled upon an article about a father who paid a hefty sum to a seller in another classifieds site out of desperation to acquire a PS4 for his son. Normally scams happen through shipping deals, but this one was „in your face". Or rather a slap on the face of the dad who only wanted to make his son happy for Christmas. He met up personally with the seller to buy the PS4, which turned out to be a PS4 box, with towels inside.

Cheap iPhones? Do They Exist At All?

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Do you want the newest iPhone at a bargain price? Would you like to have it shipped to you instead of going to an official Apple shop to buy it there? Alright, but be aware about fishy sellers that try to get your money without ever sending you the phone.
We have all heard about the devastating aftermath of typhoon Haiyan a.k.a. Yolanda in the Philippines, with over 12,000 people dead. Locanto extends support by sharing info about accredited donation sites and responsible groups in this article and through social media. The rescue operations in Leyte and surrounding areas are still ongoing and will still go on until after Christmas for sure. The number of casualties is sadly still rising and despite this, there will definitely be scammers taking advantage of this through fake websites and so on. Don't fall for that and check out our list of trusted sites.

Secure Payments And Scams

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Unfortunately for the reckless internet user, there is only a very thin line between "secure payments" and scams. Quite often, this "thin line" is - being taken for granted until a lesson is learned. To all our readers and Locanto users, please read further for your own safety. 
scamkey.jpg Do you have a Facebook account? How much of your life's details do you share online? Do you "befriend" people on Facebook as a sign of being social media-friendly? Nothing wrong with that, but be careful with what you allow your contacts to see. Being greeted by a hundred people (60% whom you do not really know personally) on your birthday is nice. However scammers can put 2 and 2 together and target you as their next victim as soon as they get more information about you.

Through the years, Locanto has been consistently fighting scammers and preventing scam incidents from all angles: ad monitoring, ad investigation per request, the safer trading blog and warnings on the site, among others.
As scam tactics change, we also rapidly arm our users with information. However, we do expect our users to do their part in fighting scams too. The invisible tactic of scammers is something that becomes apparent to users when direct communication transpires.

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