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Locanto is seriously impressed with the work of the Singapore police force in battling against online scams. It is nice to have a solid partner in safeguarding Locanto users' online trading safety. Therefore, we highly recommend browsing through this website for awareness and early detection of online scams, especially in Singapore:


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Following the motto of the Singapore Police Force, "CRIME PREVENTION - A SHARED RESPONSIBILITY", Locanto promises to continue its community service through regular advisories posted on this blog not just for our own community but for all other internet users.

thought.png The title of this month's safer trading article is a question we always encounter in the customer support department. And we never tire of giving Locanto users information and tips in order to keep a safe online trading experience. But there is no denying that the best resource is the voice of the actual users from the Locanto community. Below is an example which unfortunately had to be deleted because the ad was not a real ad. The content belonged to a forum and was obviously misplaced in the category For Sale. This article will teach you how to help others the right way.


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As the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil gets closer, we are reminding football fans once again to be very careful with everything involving sales and trading, especially online. We wrote a similar article back in 2012 for the London Olympics. Within 2 years' time, we are very sure that the modus operandi of scammers have improved. Here are valuable tips so you don't end up getting scammed:

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.

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.
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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