Safety Practices


We are committed to creating a user-friendly environment, where our users can post and reply to ads and other messages freely and without concern. What follows are a number of tips and techniques you should keep in mind to protect yourself and your privacy online, whether you are using our site or some other site on the Internet. (Some of these suggestions "repeat" because they apply in multiple situations.) This list is not exhaustive and you should not use it as a substitute for your own common sense. As always, the best protection is to use good judgment and trust your instincts.

Scams and Fraud

Some people can make it difficult for everyone. This is true with online ads as well. Use the same common sense you would use in the real world with reading and responding to job ads. Usually if it's too good to be true, in most cases it's probably a scam.

Here are some resources:

Responding to a Job Post

Online ads help us find all kinds of different goods and services easily and quickly. It is important to remember that when you are responding to a job posting, you have never met the person behind the ad before. Use caution.

1. Never wire money, or send a check, for a job opportunity or person you have never interviewed with. They may claim you need to send money so they can set up your background check. An interview or some sort of public meeting always usually occurs beforehand.

2. Do not give out personal information about yourself, such as your social security, without verifying that a job posting is legitimate.

3. Talk to people on the phone before giving them information, like your address, and trust your instincts.

4. If invited to interview, always meet in a public place, or place of business.

To Report Scams and Fraud


  • To file a complaint online:
  • FTC toll free hotline: 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY 1-866-653-4261
  • Non-emergency number for your local police dept.
  • Email us: or;
  • Call us toll free: 1-877-554-9722

Safety Resources