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"Less than 1% of the adverts on our site are considered 'fraudulent' – and we eliminate most of them before they are ever published," he says.

Erken says the portal has measures to shield both buyer and seller."If a suspicious advert is detected, a red flag is raised by the automated system; the advert is passed to the moderation expert team for review.

This property is also rated for the best value in Oudtshoorn!

Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.

It makes sense to use local suppliers who know the scams doing the rounds in your neck of the woods and to follow their guidelines, says Erken.

"There are so many social tools and mechanisms to flag suspicious advertisements, as opposed to the print only days or the early days of the internet,” Erken explains.

Inevitably, once the money has been transferred the seller disappears into thin air.

Pet sales, as with the Fin24 user quoted above, are another hot favourite.

He posted an ad on website Gumtree and was murdered last Friday after setting up a meeting with the potential buyer of his BMW.

Or the Fin24 user who was diddled out of his hard-earned pennies in a sophisticated pet travel scam, which involved sending money via Western Union to Cameroon for a "refundable" deposit.

The "Happy Hour" in their little pub was a wonderful idea and we enjoyed meeting and chatting with the other guests from all over the world, and sharing stories of our travels. They arranged everything from transportation to touring, mountains, caves and wine farms- the list goes on and on. Altogether they were above and beyond, and I had wonderful experiences the whole time I was there. Very short walk into town to eat out in one of the good restaurants the owners recommended. Breakfast was good with lots of local produce included.

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