Staying Safe eBay Classifieds


Did you know the United States has a ”cyber czar” dedicated to Internet security? He even used to work right here at eBay! While eBay Classifieds doesn’t have any czars running around, we do take Internet safety very seriously. Most of us who work here have families just like yours, so we strive to create a safe environment for your loved ones and ours. As your free, family-friendly, local classifieds site, our No. 1 priority is to make the selling and buying experience as safe as possible. We recommend the following tips:

  1. If an ad or e-mail response seems too good to be true, guess what? It probably is. If you’re not sure if you’re dealing with a scammer or not, ask us.
  2. Never give anyone your bank account information or agree to wire money to someone.
  3. Meet the buyer or seller in person and make sure to bring a friend. If you don’t feel comfortable with someone coming to your home, arrange to meet in a well-lit, public place.
  4. Inspect the item you’re planning to buy and check the condition before you pay the seller.
  5. Ask the seller for any warranties, instruction booklets, registration documents, receipts or other paperwork they might have for the item.
  6. Pay only in cash or bank checks.
  7. Draw up a receipt for purchase signed by both parties.
  8. Don’t get distracted by your to-do list, kids or cell phone. Pay close attention to the transaction at hand.

Check out our Help Center for more tips on staying safe. Remember, you can always submit a ticket to our Help Center and someone from our dedicated customer service team will assist you. Our spam and fraud filters and customer service team are constantly monitoring the site but if you ever seen an ad that violates our policies, you can flag it by clicking on the red flag on the right side of the ad. We think you’ll find that buying and selling items using eBay Classifieds is fun and easy, as long as you keep your wits about you and use our policies for a safe transaction.