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Fotolia_69203847_S_copyright.jpg All the online marketing campaigns for #blackfriday and #cybermonday have been flashing in front of your eyes since last week, tempting you.Thoughts scramble into your head, like "Maybe I should already stock up on gadgets that make good Christmas gifts", "Maybe I should get as many of these gadgets as possible and then sell them later at a higher price"...

While you are busy thinking where you will buy your most-coveted gadget, scammers have probably already devised a trap for you. Whereas black friday deals in physical stores are limited to just a few items per customer, online stores may offer you as many units as you can possibly afford. Watch out for fishy deals like that! (If you see one on Locanto that slipped our eyes, please report it to us immediately.)

Scammers can already imagine you salivating from the 50% off (or even bigger) deal you've been eyeing since you read that article from CNET or from Tom's Guide about Walmart's techie deals.

Scams: Smuggling And Animal Cruelty

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The following article entitled "13 smuggled puppies doing well in quarantine" was taken from the website. We are encouraging you to read through the article to understand how this kind of scam is committed and how the unknowing pet buyer commits animal cruelty as a side effect.

Locanto commends the effort given by this Youtube reviewer to explain how to tell which ads are scams and which are not. A video might work for some users who are too prone to getting scammed where countless warnings and articles have failed.

However, it is not true that Locanto does not do anything to protect users from scams. You know where and how to contact us.

If you weren't one of the lucky ones who managed to line up for hours or even days in front of your local Apple store just to get a new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, then most likely you are looking at Locanto now and other classifieds to get your hands on "second hand" iPhone 6 units.

* Image from the Apple store SG site
Fotolia_68486535_S_copyright.jpg Scam manifests itself in many ways. Apart from the usual non-arrival of paid items through online transactions, there is also a type of scam that makes the scam victim an accomplice to the crime. We call this the "collector's scam". Most of those involved belong to the upper echelons of society. These victims have a penchant for exotic luxury items used either for clothing or most of the time, as home decor. Sounds harmless, right?

Wait until you see where those exotic items are coming from. When you find out how the materials were acquired, you'll realize this issue is a real life-threatening one that shoud be taken seriously and should be addressed now. When you are endangering wildlife with your actions, you instantly know you are answerable to the law.

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:



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.

Looking out for a good offer on Apple iPads? You'll definitely find one on Locanto. But what else do you have to know as an online buyer? It's not just the great price that counts. It's important to know who you are dealing with. Fotolia_63213992_S_copyright.jpg
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?