Sale of stolen goods
When you buy an item by a company or an individual, it is important to check that it is not stolen. It is your responsibility to check this, and you may even be charged with receiving stolen goods if you buy goods stolen. Privacy legislation means that we can not disclose information about advertisers other than public authorities, but although it can be difficult to be 100% sure that an item is stolen, you can take certain precautions to buy:
- Ask to see original receipts, or any bank statements that can confirm that the item is bought and paid for.
- Check the item to the appropriate records such as Property Registry and Police lost property office.
- Verify the seller’s identity, this will also help you if it should prove to be a stolen goods.
- Ask to see the original receipt if possible. Investigate the history and previous owners if possible.
- Consider the whole situation and consider whether something is “strange”. Always use HWEHWE payment guarantee, and set any transaction on hold until you have done the necessary research.
If you suspect that the advertised is stolen or a loot, you should report to the police. The police will then contact us to request information about the particular advertiser, and possibly ask the advertiser suspended. We cannot normally remove advertisers without the police believe that it is likely that there is a criminal offense, when we otherwise could risk removing ads without sufficient grounds.