Vazap.com makes every effort to systematically check the advertisements published on its site. However, frauds are not always easy to detect and some in fact originate from genuine professionals. We would also be grateful if you would inform us of any advertisement that looks suspicious to you or tell us the contact details of any company with which you have had difficulties by means of the form that is to be found below the photo in this advertisement. We can then remove doubtful advertisements, be warned of the latest fraudulent methods and better protect and inform our surfers.
What to do if you are the victim of a fraud
You should immediately complain to the authorities, who will then tell you the procedures to follow. You can also contact a solicitor.
- Refuse any sale or chargeable purchase via Western Union, Moneygram...
- Do not pay in advance! If you are asked for a payment in advance, it is almost always a swindle!
- Be cautious when dealing with documents transmitted by electronic means!
- Documents transmitted by electronic means (vehicle registration documents, driving licences, identity cards, similar documents, bank documents, even cheques or postal documents) are easy to forge!
- Do a search on Google with the names used, the emails used and with fragments of sentences to see if there are any similarities with other frauds.
- Consult the list of fraudulent sites on aa419.org.
A few simple tips to follow to buy and sell with total confidence with vazap.com
For some time we have been witnessing an outbreak of fraud, both in purchases and sales, both new and second-hand. These may be opportunistic frauds or, on the other hand, highly organised ones. The malicious people behind these malpractices are not lacking in imagination and they often act with great confidence so you must be very careful.
However, by taking minimal precautions, you can easily avoid being caught and you will be able to buy and sell with complete security as millions of people do each year.
Here are some examples of doubtful practices that you might encounter.
Offers coming from abroad: even if purchase offers coming from abroad are not all suspect, we recommend that you be especially vigilant if you receive purchase offers coming from countries like the Ivory Coast, Ghana, England and Monaco. In fact, several recent frauds originated in these countries.
False bank transfers: Some people offer to send a bank transfer to your account, using for this stolen cheques deposited in the account from which the transfer is made. Because of the usual banking lead times, your bank will not be informed of the fact that the transfer will not be honoured until about ten days after it is made. If your account has already been credited, your bank will debit it immediately. And if you no longer have possession of the item sold, you will no longer have any recourse. Because of the frequency of these frauds, we recommend that you do not accept settlement by bank transfer or money order. In more general terms, do not part with your item for sale before having ensured that the payment is genuine.
“Emergency cases”: Beware of people who claim to be in a great hurry.
Offers to pay more than the amount asked for.
Payments by Western Union : We recommend that you systematically refuse any offer to pay by Western Union. It is moreover strictly forbidden to use this service for the purchase of goods on the internet.
As a general rule, when you are selling, systematically refuse to deal with anyone who asks you to send him money for whatever reason. It’s you that is selling so you must never pay anything to anyone. Similarly, do not fax photocopies of official documents or send them by post. These could then in fact be used in a fraudulent manner.
An honest buyer should not be surprised or take offence if you take precautions when selling your vehicle.
When you buy, the first rule to be observed is never to send any amount of money in any form (transfer, cheque, order) to anyone before seeing the car and its owner and before deciding to buy it.
Abnormally low prices: Before of too-low prices (especially for “top of the range” cars) or too easy negotiations.
Phantom companies: When buying a new or second-hand item, you may be induced to contact “phantom” companies or companies that will only exist for the time of the fraud. If in doubt, cancel the purchase.
"Animal lovers, attention!
Vazap.com warns advertisers offering pets free of charge that they must ensure the honesty of people replying to their advertisements. Certain less scrupulous people in fact exploit these advertisements, later selling animal given to them in good faith to various intermediaries (laboratories, pet shops, breeding centres, ...).”
We would also like to point out that these exchanges may result in criminal proceedings in the event of confirmation of trafficking where you have been an unwitting recipient.
Vazap does not permit advertisements for
- Animal parts without documentation
- Firearms or explosives
- Cultural goods
- Goods subject to an embargo
- Stolen or received stolen goods
- Lottery tickets
- Credit cards
- Official documents issued by the State
- Contracts or tickets
- Drugs or associated items
- Surveillance equipment
- Counterfeit money or forged stamps
- Financial instruments
- Mailing lists
- Items of a paedophile nature
- Franking machines
- Banned or regulated merchandise
- Equipment intended for opening locks
- Medicines or para-medicinal products
- Organs or products from the human body
- Adult-only items
- Dangerous or illicit substances
- Violence, discrimination and racial hatred
Whether you are a seller