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Nextdoor [Neighbourhood App]

“Is Nextdoor a scam?” is a common question in our inbox. We’ve taken a look so you can make an informed decision on whether it is right for you.

The short answer is No, it is not a scam . . .

But, it is a platform commonly known for scamming.

Before we address this, lets look at what it claims to be:

Nextdoor. It’s where communities come together to greet newcomers, exchange recommendations, and read the latest local news. Where neighbours support local businesses and get updates from public services.

Nextdoor

Using micro-nationalistic marketing this global social networking app promotes itself as a familiar neighbourhood tool. They collect a large amount of personal data, which is highly valuable in modern times. They also seem to promote localised neighbourhood cohesion. The terrestrial mail invites are a very tongue in cheek flyer. Although it performs as intended, remember their business is your data.

With that said, if you are thinking of using Nextdoor to hire or donate, follow these simple guidelines on remaining scam-safe online:

  • Listen to instinct.
    Buying, hiring, or donating, trust your intuition. If something does not feel right, it usually isn’t.
  • Never pay anyone you haven’t met.
    A good sign something is wrong is the request for upfront payment. Especially in non-traceable formats, like gift cards, crypto, etc.
  • Protect your data.
    It really doesn’t take a lot of your data to be scammed out of your hard earned money. The majority of scams are dependant on social engineering, getting you to provide enough information for them to begin siphoning your money.
  • Tell everyone if you’ve had a negative experience.
    Whether you’ve been successfully scammed or pulled out because it didn’t feel right, use your social platforms to tell others. You may just prevent anyone being affected.

If you follow these guidelines, then you should be fine.

Remember, like other social networks, a huge amount of personal information is collected and the platform is not responsible for the actions of it’s users.

If you are comfortable with what is written here then enjoy socialising digitally, and stay SaferOnline!