Personal Safety




Avoiding Scams

Deal locally, face-to-face and try to meet in a very secure police station —follow this one rule and avoid 99% of scam attempts.

    Do not extend payment to anyone you have not met in person.
    Beware offers involving shipping - deal with locals you can meet in person.
    Never wire funds (e.g. Western Union) - anyone who asks you to is a scammer.
    Don't accept cashier/certified checks or money orders - banks cash fakes, then hold you responsible.
    Transactions are between users only, no third party provides a "guarantee".
    Never give out financial info (bank account, social security, paypal account, etc).
    Do not rent or purchase sight-unseen—that amazing "deal" may not exist.
    Refuse background/credit checks until you have met landlord/employer in person.
    "KOMBACK voicemails" - Any message asking you to access or check "KOMBACK voicemails" or "KOMBACK voice messages" is fraudulent - no such service exists.

Who should I notify about fraud or scam attempts?

United States:

    Internet Fraud Complaint Center
    FTC complaint form and hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)
    Consumer Sentinel/Military (for armed service members and families)
    SIIA Software and Content Piracy reporting
    Ohio Attorney General Consumer Complaints
    New York Attorney General, Avoid Online Investment Fraud



    Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive
    Central District Area, Abuja, Nigeria
    Phone: (234)-9-461-4000
    Fax: (234)-9-461-4036


Note: Please Any other Country aside the 2 mentioned Countries above should search for nearby Fraud Report Center at the moment. We may Update more Fraud Report Center for various Countries in future.

If you are defrauded by someone you met in person, contact your local police department.

If you suspect that a KOMBACK post may be connected to a scam, please send us the details.
Recognizing scams

Most scams attempts involve one or more of the following:

    Email or text from someone that is not local to your area.
    Vague initial inquiry, e.g. asking about "the item." Poor grammar/spelling.
    Western Union, Money Gram, cashier check, money order, paypal, shipping, escrow service, or a "guarantee."
    Inability or refusal to meet face-to-face to complete the transaction.

Examples of Scams

1. Someone claims your transaction is guaranteed, that a buyer/seller is officially certified, OR that a third party of any kind will handle or provide protection for a payment:

    These claims are fraudulent, as transactions are between users only.
    The scammer will often send an official looking (but fake) email that appears to come from KOMBACK or another third party, offering a guarantee, certifying a seller, or pretending to handle payments.

2. Distant person offers a genuine-looking (but fake) cashier's check:

    You receive an email or text (examples below) offering to buy your item, pay for your services in advance, or rent your apartment, sight unseen and without meeting you in person.
    A cashier's check is offered for your sale item as a deposit for an apartment or for your services.
    Value of cashier's check often far exceeds your item—scammer offers to "trust" you, and asks you to wire the balance via money transfer service.
    Banks will cash fake checks AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE WHEN THE CHECK FAILS TO CLEAR, sometimes including criminal prosecution.
    Scams often pretend to involve a 3rd party (shipping agent, business associate, etc.).

3. Someone requests wire service payment via Western Union or MoneyGram:

    Deal often seems too good to be true, price is too low, or rent is below market, etc.
    Scam "bait" items include apartments, laptops, TVs, cell phones, tickets, other high value items.
    Scammer may (falsely) claim a confirmation code from you is needed before he can withdraw your money.
    Common countries currently include:Malaysia, Romania, UK, Netherlands—but could be anywhere.
    Rental may be local, but owner is "travelling" or "relocating" and needs you to wire money abroad.
    Scammer may pretend to be unable to speak by phone (scammers prefer to operate by text/email).

4. Distant person offers to send you a cashier's check or money order and then have you wire money:

    This is ALWAYS a scam in our experience—the cashier's check is FAKE.
    Sometimes accompanies an offer of merchandise, sometimes not.
    Scammer often asks for your name, address, etc. for printing on the fake check.
    Deal often seems too good to be true.

5. Distant seller suggests use of an online escrow service:

    Most online escrow sites are FRAUDULENT and operated by scammers.
    For more info, do a google search on "fake escrow" or "escrow fraud."

6. Distant seller asks for a partial payment upfront, after which they will ship goods:

    He says he trusts you with the partial payment.
    He may say he has already shipped the goods.
    Deal often sounds too good to be true.

7. Foreign company offers you a job receiving payments from customers, then wiring funds:

    Foreign company may claim it is unable to receive payments from its customers directly.
    You are typically offered a percentage of payments received.
    This kind of "position" may be posted as a job, or offered to you via email.

This is a sample of flaud deal below.

 Thanks for your mail, Since the cost of your bike is $800 i just contacted
my client about the cost of your bike and it present condition and he said
there is no problem about that.So my client said he will be issuing you a
Certified Check of $4000 while you wire 3000 to me through Western Union
Money Trasfer and you deduct the cost of your bike $800 and keep the
remaining $200 which my client said you should take for the terms of
Transaction and Agreement between you and my client.So i will like you to
send me your full contact information to where my client will be sending you
> the Certified Check like this:
> name.........
> full address.............
> city...............
> state.............
> country..........
> zipcode............
> cell/office/home phone number.......................
> I will look forward to the requested information as soon as  possible so
that the check can be sent out to you immediately  And do get back to me
with the Pics of the bike so tha! t my client will  be Able to see What he
is paying off.Get back to me immediately. Looking torwards your
> respond,
> Best Regards.

    © KOMBACK Safety Notice.



Many Thanks to Komback Team for creating this platform. After applying for job on Komback,
I was the only lucky one to be employed as receptionist after the unbiased and organised interview
by the hotel owner and MR Collins Ugochukwu the Consultant. I came first put of the applicants that were interviewed.
The process was very transparent and comprehensive.

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