One of the major concerns for buyers on digital shops such as Tonaton and Jiji is how to differentiate fake accounts from real ones.
Over the years, many people have fallen prey to fraudulent deals on Tonaton and Jiji. Thousands of hard Ghanaian cedis have been lost to such fraudulent acts.
In view of this, it is important that we set ourselves free from such scavenging criminals who pitch their tents on the digital super markets.
The purpose of this article is to outline some rules to observe so as to avert the painful situation of being scammed on Jiji, Tonaton and any other digital shops.
If you’ve ever been scammed on any of those sites, you’ve learnt your lesson the hard way and this could help prevent future occurrences.
To you who hasn’t been scammed yet, this is definitely a precautionary list you should keep close to your heart at all times.
1. Do Not Look Out For Extremely Cheap Products
Before you go searching something on Tonaton or Jiji, be sure to have a fair idea of the market price for such products.
For instance, if you’re searching for a car, you should know the brand of car you want and the expected price of that car even before you go searching.
So, while searching keep tabs on prices that are within the range of the market price.
If your car is expected to cost you around 30,000 cedis, don’t go looking at ads pricing that same car at 8,000 cedis or 10,000 cedis. Chances are that you’re in for a time-wasting experience or you risk being scammed.
2. Do not search for products in locations really far from you
Luckily for all of us, such digital marketplaces provide room for you to choose the exact destination where you wish to buy your items from.
As a precautionary measure, it is necessary for you to only search for products in places closer to your present location.
In case you wish to search for products at a place far from you, be sure to have a trusted relative who lives around that area.
The rationale behind this, is for you to be able to ascertain through your relative, if the seller is an authentic person or not.
When the location of the product is closer to you, you can go, meetup with the seller yourself at a public place to check out the goods and make payment physically.
3. Do not pay money for transportation or fuel without receiving the product first
Humans have become so smart and cunning that trust is a very expensive gift these days.
With a huge chunk of the Ghanaian youth finding pleasure in scam, new ways of defrauding the unsuspecting individual keep coming.
To avoid being scammed, it is important that you only pay for delivery or fuel you when you receive your items.
Do not be deceived to send monies under the pretense that VIP buses or other delivery services wish to receive some money before your goods are delivered.
Apart from people you already know and trust, no seller on these platforms should convince you to pay your delivery fee upfront.
You stand the chance of being swindled if you fall for such tricks.
4. Do not meet the seller at his home or private location
Aside being scammed, one other thing we should be weary of is being robbed or murdered.
As such, it is important that if you opt for a physical meeting with the seller, such meetings should be held at a public place.
You could meet them at the nearest police station, shopping mall, Pub or bank or any other public space.
If the seller has genuine intentions, he’ll avail himself to meet you at any public location close by.
5. Do Not meet the seller at night
Businesses thrive more during the day than at night. Also, the night comes with lots of unknown thoughts as darkness itself symbolizes evil.
One of the worst things you can ever do is to allow yourself to meet a seller in the evening.
Irrespective of where you are or what the circumstances are, make sure to meet the seller in an open environment during the day.
This enables you to check the product thoroughly so as to prevent the situation of being given the wrong product.
Conclusion: Your safety on the Internet is very important. Luckily, you have all the power to keep yourself protected from scammers. These five rules discussed here should help you purchase your goods and services on Jiji and Tonaton without so much fear of being defrauded.