It’s our responsibility as consumers to read the small print, and it’s particularly essential if that print is very small and faint, or if the salesperson seems reluctant for you to read it.
Vehicle tracking contracts are only “month to month” — meaning you can cancel for no penalty by giving a month’s notice — after the initial three-year contract period. Or if you choose to pay for the tracking device separately up front, which very few people do.
Selling something online? Don’t fall for this ...
Linde almost fell for a scam when he advertised a cupboard for sale on a free online classifieds site, and he asked me to warn others. With pleasure.
“Someone responded to the advert, saying they were interested in buying it.
“The buyer said he would pay the full amount to the courier company, then I would receive a link and could draw my money. I wanted an EFT rather, but they said it works like this.
“It all looked good, but when I wanted to get the funds via that link, it seemed as though I was paying THEM, not the other way round,” Linde said.
When he queried this with the courier company, they confirmed it was a scam, and the cupboard never left his house.
Rules for selling online: Never agree to take your conversation onto WhatsApp if you’re selling something on an online classifieds site. And always wait for the money to reflect in your bank account before releasing the goods, no matter what the “buyer” tells you.
• GET IN TOUCH: You can contact Wendy Knowler for advice with your consumer issues via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter: @wendyknowler.
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