Most Internet users use the web as a means to trade. But, with the ever presence of cybercrime, it is becoming more and more difficult to do so safely. CLAIRE COBBLEDICK of Gumtree SA, provides six basic steps to follow to ensure a trade goes smoothly online.
More and more South Africans want to trade goods online but fraud in the digital space is an increasing concern.
Head of Marketing for Gumtree SA Claire Cobbledick says that scammers are becoming more creative; “they’re generating fake proof of payments and sending SMS notifications to inform you that funds have been paid into your account to gain release of the items before you realise that no actual funds were transferred”.
Cobbledick continues that the true perspective is that an overwhelming majority of the hundreds of thousands of transactions every year on Gumtree are concluded safely and satisfactorily but that everyone can trade more securely if they follow six basic steps.
- Use the Message Centre on the free Gumtree app which enables you to connect with potential buyers via direct messaging – this also allows Gumtree to track scammers and retrieve their contact details.
- If the seller or buyer is pressuring you, be suspicious – insist on doing your due diligence even at the risk of losing the deal.
- Never release your banking details to strangers – when paying ensure that you’re using a secure connection with a padlock setting in your browser.
- Once a price has been agreed upon, do not release items until money is actually cleared into your account by your bank and not just by text alert.
- Gumtree never requires payment as part of any transaction – if any such payment is mentioned then the deal is potentially a scam.
In response to this ongoing problem and in an effort to protect Gumtree.co.za users, the online classified site has partnered with Shepherd, a third party escrow service which is supported by Standard Bank, to reduce the risk of fraud for both buyer and seller.
Cobbledick describes the mechanism as simple; “once a price has been agreed, Shepherd, for a small fee, collects the item from the seller, delivers it to the buyer and, if all is in order, releases the buyer’s money to the seller”.
Shepherd is the safer option – get in touch with the escrow service directly or with Gumtree’s Customer Service to assist. Never pay money into an account until you are certain of the validity thereof.
Gumtree relies heavily on their community to help reduce fraud and report questionable integrity. The online classified site has a large and experienced team who can be contacted directly via their helpdesk, help.gumtree.co.za, to answer questions if users are sceptical.
CES: So long, and thanks for all the beer!
Last week, the Las Vegas expo showed off its fun side with state-of-the-art technologies for enjoying beer, writes BRYAN TURNER
From craft beer-making machines to robots that pour beer, CES had more beer than usual in Las Vegas last week. And even free beer if you found the right stand. Stampede’s saloon-style booth offered beer to visitors who tried out its latest drones, virtual reality, and other gaming products. No beer tech, though.
Here are some of the beer technologies that stood out:
LG HomeBrew – Craft beer made at home
LG’s HomeBrew craft beer-making machine, debuted at CES 2019, brings the brewing process home thanks to single-use capsules, a self-cleaning feature, and an algorithm optimised for fermentation.
Like a Nespresso coffee machine, the beer maker uses capsules, which contain malt, yeast, hop oil and flavouring. At the press of a button, LG HomeBrew automates the whole procedure from fermentation and carbonation to ageing. A companion app lets users check HomeBrew’s status at any time during the process, from their handsets.
The beer machine not only offers a simple way to make craft
Designed with discerning beer lovers in mind, HomeBrew allows for in-home production of batches of more than 4 litres of beer in a variety of styles. The following five distinctive, flavoured beers are available now:
- Hoppy American IPA
- Golden American Pale Ale
- Full-bodied English Stout
- Zesty Belgian-style Witbier
- Dry Czech Pilsner
The only catch? It takes about two weeks to make, depending on the beer type.
“LG HomeBrew is the culmination of years of home appliance and water purification technologies that we’ve developed over the decades,” said Dan Song, president of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company. “Homebrewing has grown at an explosive pace, but there are still many beer lovers who haven’t taken the jump because of the barriers to entry, like complexity, and these are the consumers we think will be attracted to LG HomeBrew.”
Click here to read about the party speaker that holds beer and robots that pour beer.
CES: Alienware gets Legend-ary
At CES in Las Vegas last week, Dell’s Alienware released a family of high-end, thin, light, and affordable machines for both amateur and professional gamers – and a new identity.
Alienware marked CES 2019 as a brand milestone with the debut of a new design identity, Alienware Legend. It aims to set a new bar of excellence for what gamers want most – performance and function. Alienware says it evaluated multiple concepts and chose one that was the biggest and boldest departure from its current look.
Alienware Legend, says the company, stays true to the brand’s core design tenets, taking cues from its deep roots in sci-fi culture and its early industrial designs, to distinguish the brand from the rest of the industry. The new Legend design is optimised with cutting-edge thermal cooling technology to achieve and sustain overclocking power, improved AlienFX lighting, and ultra-thin screen borders. It also unveiled a new “three-knuckle hinge” design that reduces the overall dimension while creating a stronger assembly, all combining to yield a better gaming experience.
“We’re excited to come to this year’s CES with some truly groundbreaking products, next-gen software and strategic partnerships that will bring more people to experience PC gaming and advance the industry,” said Frank Azor, vice president and general manager of Alienware. “The legend design answers the call for more and better from our gaming community, and the new G Series laptops will make PC gaming even more accessible to those looking for high-performance gaming at a cost they can appreciate.”
Click here to read about Alienware Legend in action with the Area-51m and m-series laptops