While most individuals who use Next 2 New have success to buying and selling from time to time we do receive reports of people attempting to scam or defraud our users. We have found that one of the best ways to address this problem is to ensure that all transactions take place locally and in-person. Remember that Next 2 New is a local classifieds web site and most ads are not reviewed before they go live on the site.
Buying & Selling- top tips for staying safe:
- The purpose of the Next 2 New “For Sale” category is to encourage face-to-face, local, trading. When you find an item you’d like to buy, ask to meet in-person to see the item and exchange money. For personal ease and safety, always ensure you take someone with you and meet in a public place.
- Never send your item before receiving the money. This includes never mailing a cheque or using payment services like Bidpay, Western Union or Money Gram to pay for items found on Next 2 New.
- Never send or wire money to sellers or buyers. This includes never mailing a cheque or using payment services like Bidpay, Western Union or Money Gram to pay for items found on Next 2 New. It is our belief that these forms of funds transfer are favoured by fraudsters.
- Make yourself aware of common scams and fraud. Do not believe the promise of large sums of money for your help in any task.
- Please contact us about any attempted fraud or suspicious emails, ads, or other activity by community members. In case of fraud or illegal activity, we also recommend that you report it to the Police.
- Use common sense. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Did you receive a dodgy email claiming to be from Next 2 New?
We’ve heard from some of our users that recently there have been emails going around which claim to be from Next 2 New. These emails say something along the lines of “Next 2 New Registration Suspension” or “You’ve Won a Car!”.
Next 2 New will never ask you to confirm your bank or credit card details. We also won’t ask you to confirm your account details after you’ve registered by retyping your password into the site.
A common strategy by fraudsters is to make it look like an email is coming from a reliable source and ask you for sensitive personal details. They’ll provide a link to a site that looks almost identical to Next 2 New and ask you to log in. Once you’ve entered your account information the fraudsters have got it.
If you did click the link in one of these dodgy emails and follow through with your login information, please change your Next 2 New password right away. If you use the same password for other websites or services we would suggest changing those passwords as well.
If you receive an email that looks suspicious and is asking you for account details, the best bet is to go directly to the website and log in from there, rather than any links in the email itself.
You can also easily check where an email is really coming from. Any emails sent to you by Next 2 New will come from an “@Next 2 New.co.za” email address. Fraudsters will “mask” their email addresses and can make it look like the message is being sent by Next 2 New so it’s important to check the source of the message if you’re not sure.
If you use Gmail – open the message and click on the down arrow beside the reply button and click “show original”.
If you use Apple Mail – open the message and click “view” then “message” and then “all headers”.
If you use Outlook or Hotmail – open the message and click “actions” then “view message source”.
If you use Thunderbird – open the message and click “view” then “headers” then “all”.
If you use Yahoo – open the message and click “full headers” below the email.
Once you’ve opened up the source information you’ll be able to see the email address used to send the message. If the message was sent by anything other than “@Next 2 New.co.za” please let us know right away. You can delete the email and you can “report” the email as being spam to your email service.
As always, if there’s anything you’re not sure about or you’re feeling suspicious about an email you’ve received or an ad you’ve seen please contact us here and we’ll be more than happy to help.
Next 2 New is a community site. We rely on your feedback to keep the site friendly and safe.
We like to think of it as you, the Next 2 New community, “policing” the site and keeping out the bad guys.
So on the site there is a button “Report ad” where you can bring an ad to our attention. You will be asked to choose your reason for reporting it. Your choices are:
- Scam / Prohibited
- Duplicate / Spam
- If the same ad has been posted more than once a day in the same category
- Use this option if you think the ad belongs somewhere else on the site or is the wrong category
After an ad is reported to us, we take a look as quickly as we can and then decide if we need to remove it.
As you can see, your help and feedback is extremely valuable to us. It helps shape Next 2 New and keeps the content on the site clean, up-to-date and relevant for everyone.