User Safety & Laws

Always Think Safety First

Please respect all buyers and sellers.
No one can be forced to buy a firearm or item. If a buyer does not agree to your listing price or other terms, move on.
No one can be forced to sell a firearm or item. If a seller does not accept your offer, move on.
Any harassment or threats will cause your account to be deleted and may be reported to law enforcement. There will not be any warnings and joking will be taken just as a serious as an actual threat.
If you are in communication with a buyer or seller and their first response seems somewhat vague, that's a tipoff. For example, if they only use generic terms like "the item" or "your area," it could be that they're using a message they send out to thousands of people across the country hoping to get a bite. Normally at this point, we'd also say that bad spelling and grammar are a tipoff. Unfortunately, when you're dealing with the general public online, that isn't always going to be a giveaway. There are scammers who use proper spelling and punctuation, and plenty of legitimate buyers and sellers who do not. These are simply an annoyance, and cannot harm you if you don't respond to them. If you are suspicious please let them know that you are not interested (or just ignore their offer). It is not necessary to forward or relay these messages to us.

We highly recommend face to face transactions, but you must always think about your safety. Buying or selling a firearm face-to-face might sound like it has the potential to be sketchy to someone who’s never done it before, and there have been meetings that ended in an assault, robbery, or even worse.
Here are a few ways to stay safe and put yourself and the other party a little more at ease.
1. Always meet in a public location during daylight hours. A gun store or parking lot of a large store works great. They are easy to find, there is plenty of space, and usually you can find a relatively quiet edge of the parking area in which to do business. Many locations also have video surveillance for your protection as well.
2. Always meet in public and with a trusted friend if possible.. This allows bystanders to witness any crime taking place, but it’s up to you to protect yourself from being a victim of it.
3. Always meet a seller in a public location when purchasing a firearm in person so you can physically inspect and verify the condition of the firearm before you even agree to a final price.
4. Don’t feel rushed and ALWAYS trust your gut. If anything doesn’t feel right then stop and do not complete the transaction. Losing out on a “great” deal to work with someone you trust could save you big in avoiding a possible scam. Furthermore, if the potential buyer wants to make changes to the terms of the transaction, such as where and how the payment is sent, do not let your eagerness to complete the transaction blind you to potential problems.

Protect Yourself As A Buyer

• Check the sellers profile and read all comments and reviews about the seller you are considering buying from.
• We ask all sellers to upload a picture of the firearm’s serial number but if they don’t you can ask them to take one and send it to you. That image should look like the same firearm that the seller posted in his ad.
• We ask all sellers to upload a picture of the firearm’s serial number but if they don’t you can ask them to take one and send it to you. That image should look like the same firearm that the seller posted in his ad. Be aware that scammers often use photos that are stolen from another website.
• Never send money through the mail and never give anyone your credit card number, bank account number or routing number. Do not make any type of deposit or partial payments.
• Only pay the seller when you have physically inspected the item. If you have any doubts about the item or the person selling it, do not proceed with the deal.
• Pay for items using cash. If you cannot, make sure to use a secure payment service such as PayPal, Square, etc. and look for a URL starting with ‘https’ and a closed padlock symbol.

If A Seller:
• Has a listing that sounds like it's too good to be true, it probably is.
• Refuses to speak on the phone or meet in person to let you inspect the firearm or item before making the purchase.
• Advertises a firearm or item at a low price, often much lower than comparable firearms or items.
• Claims to be unavailable and insists on payment prior to arranging for delivery of the firearm or item.
• Does not allow payment using cash or through a secure payment service such as PayPal, Square, etc.
• Be aware that various counterfeit optics exist designed to imitate things like Trijicon ACOG and others. Be sure to confirm the serial number with the factory if you suspect you may be dealing with a fake.
• Claims to be associated with, or offers any type of guarantee by Utah Guns and Gear.

Do not contact the seller or if contact has been made, immediately end communication with the seller and report the listing.

Protect Yourself As A Seller

It’s not always going to be as easy as Mr. Obvious Gangster asking if your gun would be good for a drive-by. If a buyer contacts you and gives you an email address of 420BlazeIt@emailprovider.com, you don’t have any proof that they unlawfully use controlled substances, but it is definitely a clue that you may be taking a risk by selling to this individual.

• Never accept checks, cashier’s checks, money orders or money grams, wire transfers, Western Union, pre-paid money cards, gift cards or Bitcoin. Counterfeit checks can look very authentic. Just because the money appears to be available in your account doesn’t mean that the check has cleared and is legitimate. Federal rules require banks to make deposits “available” to consumers quickly, often the following business day. A check takes a long time to clear. It may take your bank weeks to discover that the deposited check was fraudulent. The bank may still bounce the check if it’s a forgery. Once a victim wires funds onward from such a check, he or she may be liable to the bank for the amount wired. Typically, the bank will not cover the loss, and expects the victim to pay the difference.
• Do not click on any links in emails or texts. If you received an email seemingly from PayPal that states you received money, look for signs the email is a fake. Remember that links can be masked, and logos and trademarks can be faked online. If you intend to use what you believe is a well-known Internet payment service, visit that company’s website yourself, rather than trust the information that another person is suggesting. If you were paid through PayPal, Square, etc. you can easily see if you received money by logging into your account.
• Never send any item to a potential buyer unless you have received reliable payment for the item.
• Never ship a firearm to a potential buyer. Require the buyer to meet in person to obtain the firearm.
• If you are selling a firearm to a person who lives in another state, Federal law requires you to send the firearm to an FFL Dealer.
• For firearms and items of high value, do not allow potential buyers to inspect the firearm or item without someone else being there to supervise.

If A Potential Buyer:
• Offers to pay you to do something for them.
• Offers to pay more than what you are asking for the firearm or item.
• Is willing to purchase the firearm or item without having viewed it in person.
• Explains that they are currently out of the state or country and cannot meet in person because they are a soldier in Iraq, on a vacation in Thailand or other excuse, but they are interested in purchasing your firearm or item.
• Explains they live in another state, despite the firearm or item being a commonly available item in their state. The shipping costs may outweigh the cost of the item itself.
• Explains that a third party or service will pick up the firearm or item.
• Requested you send the item to their “shipping agent.”
• Sends you an email inquiry that is poorly written, generic, or looks strange.
• Only sends text messages and refuses to speak on the phone, states their phone number is text only or calls go to an automated system.

Do not contact the buyer or if contact has been made, immediately end communication with the buyer.

We promote and encourage using extreme safety when purchasing and selling firearms and related items online. There are many people around the world trying to come up with ways to scam people every day and specifically target those who use the internet. To create a safer experience for our users, we have provided information to help you avoid becoming a victim of a scam.

Common Scams

Over Payment Scams
Any transactions when a potential buyer contacts you, makes an offer, often more than what you are selling the item for, then sends you a check which is greater than the agreed price.
The buyer may claim they accidentally sent too much money, that the extra money was included to cover agent's fees or extra shipping costs or they may just say they simply made a mistake and requests that you refund the excess money by internet banking, pre-loaded money card, or a wire transfer such as Western Union and the buyers “associate” will pick up the firearm or item purchased.
The catch: it may take a few days for the seller to find out that the scammer's check or money order is fake, by which time it's too late since the "excess" payment has already been wired to the scammer. If you send any money, you will not get it back. If you have already sent the 'sold' firearm or item you will lose it as well.

Classified Scams
When a seller creates an ad listing selling a firearm or item at a price much lower than comparable items advertised on the same site.

E-Mail Fraud
Communication between sellers and buyers by email may be potential security threats of their own. Scammers use the “phishing” technique to trick you into giving away private information by asking you to update, validate, or confirm your account.

SMS/Text Scams
Also referred to as “Smishing,” SMS phishing scams uses cell phone text messages to trick individuals into divulging their personal details in a variety of ways. By avoiding our seller messaging system and using text messages, criminals are able to stay off the classifieds website’s radar. Be suspicious of messages prompting you to click on a link, email address, or another phone number, as they are often gateways to an email or phone scam. Do not click on any of the links. For example, you may receive a message such as: “Interested in item, Please email me back at _@_.com as I am at work.”

Counterfeit Money
Although very unlikely, it is a possibility, especially on high value transactions. There are a few things you can do to make sure you don't run into this problem.
Ask to be paid in bills no larger than $20. Counterfeit money is generally produced in the larger bills sizes ($50 and $100) because it's more efficient. If you're paid in twenties (or smaller), you greatly reduce your chances of getting counterfeit money.Your eyes also work well when it comes to detecting counterfeit bills.

For tips on detecting counterfeit notes and security features visit the U.S. Currency Education Program.

If you suspect a counterfeit note or have information about counterfeiting activity, please report it immediately to the U.S. Secret Service. See more information from the U.S. Department Of The Treasury

Reporting Suspicious Activity

If you believe a user to be a scammer. PLEASE contact us to report it so that we can review the listing, and if necessary, remove the user from the site. When you do this, please include the following;
• A link to the listing
• The seller’s user name
• A description of why you think that listing or user is a scammer
• Any communication you have had with the seller through text and email by forwarding emails and screenshots so that our team can see what the seller has said that would give evidence that they are a scammer. (That way we can eliminate hearsay if we see what the seller said for ourselves. Thus, we can avoid the risk of deleting a listing and blocking an account unnecessarily.)

If You Have Been Scammed
We take every precaution to prevent scammers from using our site. Unfortunately, beyond our efforts to prevent scammers there is little we can do. You are the best resource to prevent and stop scammers. Due to our privacy policy, Utah Guns and Gear can only provide information to law enforcement during due process of law.

Report the listing and include the listing link so we can remove the listing.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Secret Service (USSS), United States Postal Inspection Service (USPS), and local law enforcement officials, such as county attorneys and police departments, have authority and jurisdiction over online crime.
If you have been scammed and want to report an incident of an online crime, you may contact these agencies.

Federal Bureau of Investigation
5425 West Amelia Earhart Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
(801) 579-1400
WebsiteInternet Crime Complaint Center

United States Secret Service
57 West 200 South, #450
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 524-5910
www.secretservice.gov

United States Postal Inspection Service
Postal Inspection Service
111 West Monroe Street, Suite 900
Phoenix, AZ 85003
(877) 876-2455
postalinspectors.uspis.gov

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