Stay Safe in SwakDeals

Our primary goal for this site is to have a vibrant community where you can buy, sell, rent or trade stuff with other members in a safe and enjoyable manner. However, SwakDeals is an online classified ads site and Ads that are posted by members are not reviewed for approval before they go live on our website.

While a lot of members and visitors who use SwakDeals have success with buying, selling, renting or connecting with others, we do still receive reports of people attempting to scam or defraud our users every now and then. We have realized that one of the best ways to address this issue is to ensure that all transactions done should take place locally and in-person.

Top Tips For Buying & Selling:

  1. When buying or selling, you should meet in-person to see the item and exchange money. The purpose of the SwakDeals “For Sale” category is to encourage face-to-face, selling and buying. For personal ease and safety, always ensure you take someone with you. If you’re answering a home service ad, ask the poster to produce identity and proof of qualification before inviting them into your home.
  2. Never send your item before receiving the money. This includes never mailing a cheque or using payment services like GCash, Western Union, Palawan Express or other forms of express payment to pay for items found on SwakDeals.
  3. Never send or wire money to sellers or buyers. This includes never mailing a cheque or using payment services like GCash, Western Union, Palawan Express or other forms of express payment to pay for items found on SwakDeals. It is our belief that these forms of funds transfer are favoured by fraudsters.
  4. SwakDeals doesn’t offer any sort of buyer protection / payment programs. Any emails you receive that talk about such systems are scams, even if they may have the SwakDeals logo. If you receive any emails promoting these services, please report it to us.
  5. SwakDeals doesn’t offer any sort of Live Chat Support. If you receive any emails containing a Live Chat link, please report it to us.
  6. Please also take special care when buying expensive items like mobile phones, laptops, plasma TVs, airline tickets and even tickets for shows/gigs. When buying airline tickets we suggest you take the seller’s name and ticket number, check the ticket exists and take responsibility yourself for changing the names.
  7. Never provide your personal or banking information (e.g. credit card number) to others over the Internet.
  8. Make yourself aware of common scams and fraud. Do not believe the promise of large sums of money for your help in any task.
  9. Report it to us 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.
  10. Use common sense. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Top Tips For Buying Or Renting Properties:

  1. View properties in person. SwakDeals is a local community site and we encourage face-to-face, local, trading. People willing to rent a property without seeing it/ or the prospective tenant first, even if they claim that it is because they are currently overseas, are unlikely to be legitimate. For personal ease and safety, always ensure you take someone with you, or if you are inviting someone into your home ask to see personal identification first.
  2. Never send or wire money to landlords. This includes never mailing a cheque or using payment services like GCash, Western Union, Palawan Express or other forms of express payment to pay for items found on SwakDeals. It is our belief that these forms of funds transfer are favoured by fraudsters.
  3. Gumtree doesn’t offer any sort of buyer protection / payment programs. Any emails you receive that talk about such systems are scams, even if they may have the SwakDeals logo. If you receive any emails promoting these services, please report it to us.
  4. Never provide your personal or banking information (e.g. credit card number) to others over the Internet.
  5. Make yourself aware of common scams and fraud. Do not believe the promise of large sums of money for your help in any task.
  6. Report it to us 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.
  7. Use common sense. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

We are committed to serve and ensure the safety of our members and visitors but keep in mind that it is your duty as well to read the details on the post and do your due diligence to check everything before committing to any transaction.