Scams are a reality of shopping online and offline. Hutbay strives to provide a safe online community, but there is one critical heads up you should take wherever you go: Always be wary of giving personal information, financial information, or payments of any kind to people you don’t know personally.

Red flags for scams! Use caution with the following:

  • Long-distance inquiries
  • Requests that you send a check or money order, or wire funds
  • Requests for personal and/or financial information
  • Offers to facilitate a home purchase or loan or rental by an individual claiming an affiliation with Hutbay
  • Suggestions to use Hutbay for money exchanges
  • Typos, grammatical errors and inflated stories

Please note: An agent or landlord should never ask for personal information or a phone verification code prior to seeing a property.

If you are selling or buying goods on the internet, any requests for bank account numbers, or being asked to provide them with a code sent to your cell phone via text or call are all signs of a potential scam.

If you find a fraudulent listing on Hutbay, please report it by clicking “Report Listing” on the listing page in question.

Reporting to authorities:

In the sad situation where a person becomes a victim of fraud, the road to arresting the culprit and meteing out justice always begin by reporting the case to the appropriate authorities who may have the means and wherewithal to find, arrest and ultimately prosecute the criminal.

Report to appropriate agencies

If you are a victim of fraud or know someone who is, please report to any or all of the government security-related organization listed below:

  1. Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
    Headquaters: No 5, Fomella Street, Off Adetokubo Ademola Cresent, Wuse II, Abuja, Nigeria
    Phone: +234 9 9044 752, +234 9 9 9044 753

    Click to view address of all EFCC offices in Nigeria.

  2. Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC)
    Headquaters: Plot 802, Constitution Avenue, Zone A9, Central Area, Garki, Abuja
    Phone: +234 9 875 1787, +234 9 875 1790, +234 9 628 6691

    Click to view address of all ICPC offices in Nigeria.

  3. The Nigerian Police Force
    Headquaters: Louis Edet House, Area 11 Garki, Abuja
    Phone: +234 1 2951 447, +234 706 622 820

    Click to view location of The Nigeria Police Stations in the country.