Safety Tips

Your rights, peace of mind and wellbeing are very important to Priceless Vitality. To make your experience is as positive and uplifting as possible please read through this guide.

Firstly, use the reviewing system on Priceless Vitality. Read the reviews for items and users. Leave honest and informative feedback to help the whole Priceless Vitality community.
When viewing a listing there is a “Mark as...” drop down you can use to flag any suspicious listing.

Whether you’re a provider or recipient, If in doubt please contact our team immediatly at: https://www.pricelessvitality.org/contact


General tips

Meeting someone new

Confirming that a business is genuine

Transactions

Working with children

Police checks


General tips

  • Don’t give any personal information that’s not needed.

  • Insist on a public meeting place like a cafe and bring a friend with you to the meeting. We encourage face-to-face local trading and building of a caring community.

  • If you are buying something, do a google search for ways to confirm their authenticity. Many types of items have specific ways to check that they are legitimate.

  • Be prepared. For recipients and providers make sure you have your safety measures, documents and expected document checks ready in advance.

  • If you feel someone has attempted to scam you, go to the Priceless Vitality “Contact” page and report it.

  • If you feel threatened by a provider or recipient, or they harm you in any way, IMMEDIATELY contact the police!


Meeting someone new

When meeting someone for the first time please remember to:

  • Insist on a public meeting place like a cafe and bring a friend with you to the meeting.

  • Make sure that all the details of the exchange are clearly and honestly communicated before the meeting.

  • Get a photo with the provider and post it on the Priceless Vitality facebook page (ask permission first).

  • Do NOT meet in a secluded place, or invite strangers into your home.

  • Be especially careful when buying/selling high value items.

  • Tell a friend or family member where you're going and what you’re expecting.

  • Take your fully charged cell phone along if you have one.

  • If you met in public and feel suspicious, don’t go straight home. Go to another public place where you can feel comfortable and spend some time until you can be sure of your safety. If you can’t find a safe place go to the police station.

  • Please confirm that the other person will bring their “proof of identification” (and “proof of certification” if needed). Remember to check!

  • Never invite the buyer to your home unless it’s absolutely necessary.

  • Unless it’s needed don’t share your personal street address, full name, email or telephone number. This is crucial because information like this can be used to locate you. Most people already know not to share this information, but there are also other types of information to keep private. Apparently safe information like where you went to school, when you graduated, mother's maiden name or even a pet's name can be used for potentially unlawful purposes. Even for email and phone numbers you can use temporary ones for free from using Google Mail (https://mail.google.com) and Google Voice (https://voice.google.com).

  • Trust your instincts and use common sense. Be prepared to walk away if anything seems fishy.


Confirming that a business is genuine

  • Do a Google, Facebook and Scambook search of the company name to get more information on the business.

  • Check the poster’s emailed response to your initial message and follow-up queries first or full name, phone number or general location. You can also use their website address for these lookups too. If you find these details, enter them into an online people search or reverse lookup directory, such as AnyWho, WhitePages, 411.com or a Reverse Phone Directory.

  • Don’t be afraid to ask a provider for more details.

  • In australia you can call your state department of fair trading to see if there are any complaints against the business. and do an ABN and relevant licences through the Australian Taxation Office. If there is a similar option in your country, use it.


Transactions

  • Priceless Vitality is never directly involved in any transaction, and does not handle payments, shipping, guarantee transactions, provide escrow services, or offer "buyer protection"

  • Inspect an item before agreeing to a sale unless it’s through a reputable online store. Inspect all items carefully to ensure they match the description in the ad, and any issues are known before you finalise the sale.

  • Please double check with the item publisher to confirm availability, the payment amount and delivery

  • Avoid scams by acting locally or paying with PayPal and make sure to confirm the providers certification credentials

  • Keep personal identifying information PRIVATE. Credit card and bank account information, social security number or other identifying numbers should NOT be shared unless the reason for the information is verified, along with verifying who is getting that information. If you determine that it is a legitimate transaction make sure you only send it via a secure server using Paypal.

  • Never pay with Western Union, Moneygram or other anonymous payment services

  • Don’t take checks or money orders, fakes are common and the banks can hold you liable.

  • Depending on the currency you can use a counterfeit detection pen to confirm that money is genuine.


Working with children

  • Depending on the law in your area you are you may need a “working with childrens” license to offer products and services to children. If you need one make sure you have one.


Police checks

  • While not required as a provider and definitely not a guarantee of integrity. Some people may feel more comfortable if you have a clear police check and can prove it. If you have one, adding that to the item description can be helpful when offering a sensitive service that requires access to someones home. Having a police clear check is an addition and NOT a replacement for any of the measures on this page.