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how to tell if your contact is a scam?

asked 2017-02-06 07:38:40 -0500

I just set up my account 2 days ago and have gotten a few messages via fb ads and craigslist. My issue is.. they seem sketchy. Two came from 2 different people asking for services for a friend kinda thing. One via text and the other via email. One responded saying they are moving from Australia and want to pay $450 for all these add on services (like bathing and training) during 4 hour daycare (how does one even charge via rover for extra/odd services like that?!)

Basically, I get a bad feeling about some of these requests because they are so odd right out of the gate. How best to avoid being scammed or spammed?

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answered 2017-02-06 11:35:03 -0500

Welcome!!! Sitters do get scams sometimes that look like that. However, don't make an assumption it is a scam bc I have gotten legit request from a friend helping a friend out. If requests do come to your email, etc. send them a request to check you out at: (your rover.com/sit/...) and a request to send information about their dog(s) and services needed and request for a m&g through rover. Yes, do make sure, on CL, to make sure you click on the No Replies and make sure you provide your rover link for them to click on. If you are on Facebook join the rover-vacay fb site Walt Galvin manages - he posts the web link - look for it under sitter to sitter or rover tabs above. Scams & one posted by a sitter asking if it others thought it was legit was a topic a few days ago. Great Site and a lot of assistance/suggestions/help/information from rover and vacay sitters/walkers/drop-in/etc.

Unless you know it is a legit request, proceed with caution and send them to your rover accnt. Again, Welcome to Rover.

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Thanks i will search for that fb group. I keep directing people back to my profile every time. I have corrected any cl ad mistakes amd reposted updated ads. Thabks to you and everyone else for the help!

Mallory R.'s profile imageMallory R. ( 2017-02-06 12:39:50 -0500 )edit
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answered 2017-02-06 08:57:26 -0500

That's why you should never leave your personal info on Craigslist ads. Instead, select, 'No replies to this posting'. Clients will then need to contact you via the link to your profile (which should show up on the Craigslist post) on Rover.com and pay through Rover's site. In order to contact you through Rover, they will need at least a basic profile and payments will go through Rover's secure site. This scares off most weirdos

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I coulda sworn i selected the Do not email option and i did not include my number anywhere other than the rover site. Ill have to go back in and see if adjustments need to be made. I was kinda confused when i started getting contacts from 3 different apps.thanks!

Mallory R.'s profile imageMallory R. ( 2017-02-06 09:09:28 -0500 )edit
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answered 2017-02-06 08:59:45 -0500

If you don't feel good about a request you receive outside of Rover then no need to respond. If they legitimately wanted to book you, they would have gone to your profile and booked! I encourage you not to post your cell number on craigslist (or really any personal information). Look for responses that seem plausible, and go with your gut. Avoid anything that has to do with extreme circumstances (death in the family abroad, leaving for 5 months, people moving and the dogs arriving before them), or anything that involves sending them personal information about your (cashier's check, paypal, money orders).

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answered 2017-02-06 14:29:22 -0500

I'm 99.99% sure this is a scam, especially since you say it came from FB/craigslist. My first red flag always is that I get an email directly from the person, not via Rover. The second is that they are asking for a friend and then give me the friend's contact info. The next is that someone is coming from out of state/country and wants me to do a bunch of stuff in addition to just the pet sitting. The last is that they will send me $X and I can use it for all the sitting, bathing, shopping, etc. Bottom line: if it doesn't come through either the Rover message center, I ignore it.

Here's the link to the Facebook group - https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1040...

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