Always deal locally. All sellers on ibay have to be residing in Maldives. Do Not deal with overseas Sellers.
Be extra careful if the the offer is too good to be true.
Read listing details carefully. Check if the photo is an actual pic of the item or copied from the internet. An actual pic will help you better judge how the actual product looks like. Ask for actual product photo.
Where possible, use Buy Now / Bid feature on ibay to purchases items. This will help you keep record of the transaction and will enable you to rate and give feedback about the Seller.
Never pay in advance to a Seller you do not know. Never pay using Western Union or similar International money transfer services.
Ask for phone numbers. If you plan to buy from a Seller, and if Seller has not disclosed a contact number, request for a contact number and confirm if Seller can be reached on that number. Know who the Seller is. Keep record of Username, Phone number, email address and other account/contact details.
Keep record of all conversation with Seller (Emails, Private Messages, SMS etc)
When paying or taking delivery, ask for receipt / delivery note with username/name/ID No./signature from Seller and verify against Seller's ID Card.
Help us create a safer trading community by reporting suspicious listings. Use the Report link on listing page, above the lisiting photo.