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Avoiding Scammers

You can sidestep would-be scammers by following these 6 common-sense rules:
  1. Deal locally with folks you can meet in person - follow this one simple rule and you will avoid 99% of the scam attempts on Contractor Floor Tools.
  2. Never wire funds via Western Union, Moneygram or any other wire service - anyone who asks you to do so is a scammer.
  3. Fake cashier checks & money orders are common, and banks will cash them and then hold you responsible when the fake is discovered weeks later.
  4. Contractor Floor Tools is not involved in any transactions, and does not handle payments, guarantee transactions, provide escrow services, or offer "buyer protection" or "seller certification"
  5. Never give out your financial information. (bank account number, social security number, eBay/PayPal info, etc.)
  6. Avoid deals involving shipping or escrow services and know that Only a scammer will "Guarantee" your transaction.

Who should I notify about fraud or scam attempts?

U.S. Federal
Internet Fraud Complaint Center
FTC Video: How to report scams to the FTC
FTC online complaint form
FTC toll free hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357) Consumer Sentinel/Military (for reports from services members or their families)
SIIA Software and Content Piracy reporting
Ohio residents
Ohio Attorney General Consumer Complaints
Canada Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre or 888-495-8501 (toll-free)
If you are defrauded by someone you met in person, contact your local police department.
If you suspect that a Contractor Floor Tools post may be part of a scam, please send us the details

Recognizing scams

Most scams involve one or more of the following:
  • Inquiry from someone far away, often in another country
  • Western Union, Money Gram, cashier's check, money order, shipping, escrow service, or a "guarantee"
  • Inability or refusal to meet face-to-face before consumating transaction
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