MCG Marketplace

Avoiding Scams

Deal locally, face-to-face —follow this one rule and avoid 99% of scam attempts.

  • Do not extend payment to anyone you have not met in person.
  • Beware offers involving shipping - deal with locals you can meet in person.
  • Never wire funds (e.g. Western Union) - anyone who asks you to is a scammer.
  • Don't accept cashier/certified checks or money orders - banks cash fakes, then hold you responsible.
  • Transactions are between users only, no third party provides a "guarantee".
  • Never give out financial info (bank account, social security, paypal account, etc).
  • Do not rent or purchase sight - unseen—that amazing "deal" may not exist.
  • Refuse background/credit checks until you have met in person.

Who should I notify about fraud or scam attempts?

- United States
- Canada


If you are defrauded by someone you met in person, contact your local police department.

If you suspect that a MCG Marketplace post may be connected to a scam, please send us the details.