Security Tips

As much as we try to screen out the tsotsi element out of the site, some do go through the system. For personal ease and surety, please use these handy tips below.

Use common sense. Avoid anything that appears too good to be true, such as unrealistically low prices, promises of quick money or people willing to rent a property without seeing it first. 

View items and properties in person. Soweto Classifieds is a local community site and we encourage local face-to-face trading. Meet the seller in person, check the item and make sure you are satisfied with it before you make a payment.

​​​​​​​Exchange item and payment at the same time. Buyers – don't make any payments before receiving an item. Sellers – don't send an item before receiving payment.​​​​​​​

Have a signed lease agreement in hand from the landlord before you move into a rented property and before you make deposit and/or rental payment. Be sure you are satisfied with the terms of the lease agreement.
For personal ease and safety. Always ensure you have someone else with you, and if you have to invite buyer/seller into your home insist that they bring some kind of personal identification when you make appointment to meet.
Never give out personal information. This includes bank account details and any other information that could be misused.
Don’t take lots of cash with you when you plan to meet seller to buy something, rather you and your friend go with the seller and the item(s) to ATM to draw money when you are more relaxed about the deal.
Test, Test, Test electrical and electronic items for working order before paying over money.
​​​​​​​Always insist on receipt for deposits and/or payments and write down identification or serial numbers of the item on the receipt.
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