Here at Vottle.com we really loathe scammers and whilst measures are in place to try and reduce the risk of our users being scammed the responsibility really lies with you, our users. We rely on our Vottle community to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activities to us. This can be done in two ways:
By emailing email@example.com. Please ensure to include as much information as possible.
You will notice that each posting has a "Pull Down" in the links block. By clicking on the pull down you will have an option to "Report as Scam". (See image below)
Both these options will send notification to the Vottle team with your information. The Vottle team will then evaluate the information and take appropriate action.
You can avoid would-be scammers by following simple common-sense rules:
Try and deal with local people - Generally it's a good rule to deal with people who are in the same country as you.
Chat to people in person - Try to communicate to people via the phone or in person; you should get a better 'feeling' for someone if you communicate directly.
NEVER wire funds via Western Union or MoneyGram or any other money wire service. This is a big no-no, do NOT do this.
Fake cheques and Money Orders are very common, and banks will cash them and hold you responsible when the fake is discovered weeks later.
Vottle is not involved in any transactions and does not handle payments, guarantee transactions, provide escrow services, or offer "buyer protection" or "seller certification". Many scammers will try and trick users in to believing that they are affiliated with Vottle, this is not true and is a scam.
Identity fraud is a big concern on the Internet today. Scammers try and obtain as much information from you as possible and then try to masquerade as you by opening credit accounts, etc. Keep your personal details safe (e.g. ID number, bank account details, physical and postal addresses, etc). ONLY give this information to people you absolutely trust!
If the deal seams to good to be true, it generally is.
Who should I notify about fraud or scam attempts?
You can email the South African Police Service (SAPS) commercial crimes division - firstname.lastname@example.org or phone them on one of the following numbers (+27-11-807-5300, +27-11-807-5320, +27-11-807-5327/8/9)