How to Avoid Internet Based Scams

We have compiled a list of resources to help our advertisers and users of to identify and avoid Internet based scams.

Overseas export?

Please be aware of emails originating from overseas, wanting you to export your goods for sale. Nearly always, these are a scam of some kind. The majority of scams that are targeting Malaysia Classified ad sites tend to be from criminals based in Nigeria , or are using Nigerian bank accounts. Remember: If it sounds to good to true, then it usually is!

What is West African “419” fraud?

Advance fee fraud or ‘419’ fraud (named after the relevant section of the Nigerian Criminal Code) is a popular crime with the West African criminal element. There are a myriad of schemes and scams – mail, faxed and telephone promises designed to facilitate victims parting with money. All involve requests to help move large sums of money with the promise of a substantial share of the cash in return.

You receive an offer for more money than advertised?

Another popular scam is to be sent a cheque for more money than the goods are advertised for, you are then asked to forward the difference to the purchaser of your goods.

How the scam works is that the cheque you are sent is fraudulent, usually drawn on a foreign bank account, or is a stolen cheque. After you bank the cheque, the scammer/fraudster will ask you to send back the difference as soon as possible. A week or so later, your bank will inform you that the cheque is false and your bank account will be debited, therefore loosing your money.

Never release your goods until the bank has confirmed that the cheque or bankers draft has completely cleared.

The Malaysia Police web site:

A good web site that lists the latest internet scams is run by the Malaysia police at : If you believe you might be being set up as a target for fraud please email the police at: Please do not email the police unless you have the details of the fraudsters bank account or telephone number and address. You may view the main police web site at 

Please use our feedback form to notify us if you receive a scam email, together with the user email address, or senders ID number and we will terminate their account.

If you do receive an email that is a scam, report it to their ISP by forwarding the offending email to the ISP’s abuse department at abuse@(insert ISP domain name) for example or and they will close the scammers email account.

We do not want scammers/fraudsters using the Malaysia Classified web site, please report all fraudsters if you receive an email from them.


- NEVER pay in advance to a seller that you do not know them.
- does NOT send any form of confirmation regards payments.