Always establish an authentic relationship with the other party when buying or selling privately online. The safest way to trade is to make the exchange in person where possible or atleast making phone contact. Most scams online occur when communication is restricted to email only.
Simple Trade is an Australian site for Australians to trade their goods online. Do not engage with any sellers or buyers from overseas via our website as these kinds of queries often turn out to be scams.
If you are suspicious about an Ad or are finding communications between a seller or buyer to be suspicious, please report the Ad via our Scam Alert form and we will happily investigate for you.
The safest way to make a payment is in person or via Paypal. Never send funds via money wire transfers such as Western Union where the payment is difficult to trace.
If an offer sounds too good to be true then it probably is! Be wary of Ads priced ridiculously low as it's often these Ads that turn out to be scams.
It's a good idea to write an agreement between yourself and the other party when buying or selling your goods. This way you're both protected and completely understand the terms of the deal.
When buying online always wait to receive the goods before you make the payment. Making the exchange in person is the safest way to trade with a buyer or seller you do not know.