Safety Center

Most local classifieds are posted by honest people and are safe to use. Yet, as online scammers are becoming more widespread and creative with their tactics, consumers need to be aware of how to protect themselves and their families.

Staying safe in classifieds.

It’s easy to stay safe when you pay attention to the warning signs.

  • On our Safety Guidelines page, you can learn basic tips for staying safe or how to communicate through email safely. You can also read detailed safety guidelines about buying, selling, and payment methods.
  • On the Common Scams page, you can read about the variety of popular scams out there and how to tell a scammer.

What we’re doing and how you can help.

Oodle has patent-pending fraud detection technology, which automatically detects and removes a large amount of scam listings every day. We also have a dedicated team working to keep you safe.

However, you are crucial in helping us take down bad posters, as well as helping us learn more about the latest scams. If you see a suspicious listing, you should report it to us (see below). With help from enough people, we can remove the suspicious users.

Reporting a listing.

The "Report" function can be found at the bottom of each listing on search results pages. It can also be found in several places on the listing's details page, for example at the bottom of the "Description" section. On Marketplace on Facebook the "Report" function can be found at the bottom of the "Comments" section on the listing's detail page.

Report listings that seem like they might be fraud, spam, or engaging in other illegal activities, such as discrimination or trademark violations.

When you report a listing it will processed by our trust and safety system and the user will be removed if found in violation of our Terms of Use.

What others are saying.

"It's nice to receive a real response and the help that I needed from a classified site! You are already far above craigslist in my book!!" - Christian S.