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Staying safe on the Noticeboard

The Local's Noticeboard is there to help private individuals and voluntary groups buy, sell, hire, announce or promote things in Germany and further afield. We do our best to weed out suspicious-sounding ads, but ultimately you post and respond to ads at your own risk.

If you keep the following tips in mind, you should find that using the Noticeboard is a rewarding and effective way of communicating:

  • Keep in mind that whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information in ads posted online, that information can be collected and used by others.
  • Exercise judgement when responding to a Noticeboard ad. Check the advertiser's credentials before proceeding with any transaction. Using PayPal can be a good way of ensuring safe payment online.
  • Exercise similar judgement when contacted by someone as a result of your own Noticeboard ad.
  • If you don't want to be identified when posting or making an initial response to an ad, use an email address that does not give away your real identity. Remember - putting your phone number, last name or your work email address could lead to you being identified.
  • Use common sense when arranging to meet someone whom you have met via an ad. Meet in a public place or in the company of a friend. If you must meet someone unaccompanied, make sure you tell a friend where you are going and when you will be back.
  • Help us to help you: If you become suspicious of an advertiser or of a respondent to an advertisement, please inform The Local immediately by email: support@thelocal.com. Please include all information about the advertiser/respondent and the reason for your concern. All information received will be treated with discretion.

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