Internet Safety

Most users are truthful and good faith traders. But there are all kinds of people in the world, and the anonymity afforded by the internet attracts many unprincipled and unethical people. Therefore, just as you would off-line, take precautions when dealing with strangers. As former president Ronald Reagan said: "Trust but verify."

If you decide to have a face-to-face meeting with a trader, do it in a public place, let someone know where and when you are going to meet and take a friend along.

We want our traders to feel safe. The steps below can help you avoid being victimized by unscrupulous people and one-line predators:

  • TRADE CLOSE TO HOME – Most online flimflam artists operate at a distance.
  • NEVER WIRE FUNDS – If you are asked to do so, most likely it’s a rip-off.
  • PAYMEWITHACHICKEN.COM sells no services nor does it have any mechanism to receive money. So if someone implies that it does, run don’t walk away.
  • DO NOT GIVE OUT FINANCIAL OR PERSONAL DATA Do not ever reveal a bank account number, PIN, social security number, password, credit card number or any private information to anyone.

If you feel victimized, report your problem to the Federal Trade Commission.

  • or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing, identity theft, and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure online database available to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.