Security & Fraud Prevention

      Providing a Safe and Secure online shopping experience is our #1 goal.

      Aviators Market provides advertising for sellers of aircraft, engines, avionics, parts, services, real estate all related to the aviation community, from both private parties and dealers.

      Any information in an advertisement or communications with a seller is provided by the seller.


      Aviators Market is the first in the aviation industry to provide verified seller accounts. The verified badge Verification Badge appears next to an account name on the search results, listing details, and directory. It means that Aviators Market has confirmed that the seller is an authentic individual or organization.

      We look at a number of factors when evaluating accounts to determine if they meet our verification criteria. Click here to learn more about Verified Seller accounts.


      Knowledge and awareness are the best defense to prevent fraud. Online shopping is convenient and easy. Most buyers and sellers are honest, but occasionally an unscrupulous person will use the Internet to attract a victim. Don't be a victim!

      Please be aware that Aviators Market:

      • WILL NEVER ask you for your password.
      • DOES NOT own, buy or sell items listed on our website.
      • DOES NOT participate in transactions between buyers and sellers in any way.
      • DOES NOT offer "Buyer Protection", "Escrow" Services or any type of "Certification".
      • DOES NOT give instructions on how or where to send in payments.
      • DOES NOT offer shipping or warehousing services.
      • DOES NOT provide warranties or inspections.
      • DOES NOT ask for personal or financial information via email.


      Send and receive payment safely. Consider these tips in order to send or receive payment safely.

      • If an offer looks too good to be true, it probably is! Maintain a healthy skepticism.
      • Verify the Buyer or Seller's identity. Do addresses and names match up in public records or directories? Even better is to meet the seller in person in a safe place.
      • Be cautious of an individual posing as an "agent" representing a buyer or seller, or when dealing with someone outside your country.
      • Do not make a purchase only from photos. A photo does not verify the existence of an item. See the item in person.
      • If using an escrow service for payment of the transaction, verify that it is a reliable service. Never go to an escrow service site via a link in an email. Always go directly to the site, by typing in the URL. Do not use an escrow service recommended by the seller.
      • Fraud deals may involve shipping, wire transfers, overpayment or cashiers checks. Unusual requests involving the transaction may be a signal of a potential scam.
      • Do not wire money for any transaction whether you are a buyer or seller without first verifying the identity of the person you are dealing with.
      • Do not wire money for any transaction that initially began with an overpayment or to pay a shipper or pick up agent.
      • If presented with an "invoice" from PayPal or other payment service, verify it is genuine.
      • Use your best judgment in all transactions.
      • Report suspected fraudulent activity to
      • For more details see the Recommendations for Buyers and Recommendations for Sellers below.


      Look for the Verified Seller Badge Verification Badge

      Verified sellers have provided Aviators Market with additional documentation to verify their identity. However, you should still be follow our additional recommendations.

      Know the market value

      Be very suspicious of any item priced significantly below market value. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

      Confirm contact information

      Verify the seller's physical address and phone number BEFORE SENDING PAYMENT. Zip codes, area codes and addresses should match up.

      Use email wisely

      Do not send personal or financial information (such as your social security number, credit card number or checking account number) to a seller via email. Email communications are not secure.

      Do not use money transfer services, such as Western Union to pay for online purchases

      Even Western Union recommends against using their service or similar services to pay for online purchases. Be cautious about any seller who will only accept a money transfer.

      If using an escrow service for payment, make sure it is a reputable, valid escrow service

      Some buyers, purchasing outside their local area, may consider using an escrow service. If so, make sure it is a legitimate service. Go directly to the website of the escrow service. Do NOT go to an escrow service through a link in the seller's e-mail or use a service based on a referral from the seller. Check the web address to make sure you are at the valid website.

      Get a detailed receipt

      Ask the seller for a receipt that states the item that is being sold.


      Username and Password

      • Never give out your username or password to anyone.
      • Always make sure they are a combination of letters and numbers.
      • Change them as frequently as you can, and don't use the same password for different online accounts.

      Email attachments

      • Be cautious about opening email attachments. Always make sure you scan them with anti-virus software first. Do not click on links within unsolicited email.
      • Do not click links inside an email you do not know is legitimate, even if it is sent from someone you know. Viruses are often hidden in seemingly harmless programs that people share for fun. Because many viruses make use of peoples' address books, you may receive virus emails from people you know.
      • Contact the sender to make sure the email is legitimate, and scan it carefully. Avoid having email programs set to preview email, as this can open a virus email before you have a chance to scan it.

      Payment methods

      • Never send credit card numbers via email.
      • When purchasing from a website, make sure it is a secure site before submitting credit card information. Look for the tiny padlock icon that symbolizes a secure site or the web address starts with "https" (The "s" denotes a secure site).
      • Credit card purchases can usually be disputed with the credit card company if a problem arises.
      • If purchasing outside your local area, consider using a legitimate escrow service . Go to the escrow service's website directly. Do not go to the website through a link in an email or use a service recommended by the seller.

      Beware of Text Message fraud

      • We have become aware of Over Payment fraud attempts that begin with a text message. This fraud will involve an over payment for the item you are selling with instructions to wire the additional funds (the amount over your selling price) to the buyer’s pickup agent or inspector. The current trend involves the buyer using a fake PayPal invoice to lure the seller into a false sense of security. If you receive a text message and/or email using this scenario, please forward the telephone number the text was received from and any pertinent information to

      Anti-Virus Software/Anti-Spyware and Firewalls

      • Protect your computer by using the most updated versions of anti-virus software to scan your system and e-mail for malicious viruses.
      • Use anti-spyware or adware programs to remove programs that track your Internet activity.
      • Use a firewall to make your computer invisible to outside attackers.
      • A firewall is especially critical if you have your computer on a cable or DSL Internet connection that is constantly connected to the Internet.

      Security Updates for Operating Systems/Browsers

      • Make sure to download, and install security updates for all browsers and operating systems in use on your computer frequently.
      • Keeping browser versions up-to-date is critical to computer security, and proper functionality of the latest security elements used in Internet e-commerce.

      How to Report Fraud

      File a report. File a report at with the Internet Crime Complaint Center, a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the Bureau of Justice Administration (BJA). IC3 gives victims of cyber crime a convenient and easy-to-use reporting mechanism. IC3 in turn alerts authorities by referring reports to the correct law enforcement or regulatory agencies at the federal, state, local and international level.

      Let us know about it. If you receive a suspicious email, report it to Aviators Market immediately. Forward the email to Do not change the subject line or send it as an attachment. Simply forward the suspicious email message to us. We will contact you if we need additional information.

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