What are the little gold shields I see all over the website?
They are called TrustShields and they help you decide who to trust. Members with TrustShields have passed tests designed to screen out scammers. D...
What are TrustShields?
TrustShields help you decide who to trust. DealStream members earn them by passing voluntary tests designed to screen out scammers. Disclaimer: Tru...
How are TrustShields earned?
TrustShields are earned as follows: One shield is earned for being a member for over 6 months. One shield is earned for having a verified email add...
Can someone with TrustShields be a scammer?
Yes. While our TrustShield tests are very good, they’re not perfect and some scammers slip by. You need to do your own “due diligence” on members w...
Can I trust someone with no TrustShields?
Yes. If a member has no TrustShields, it may be because they have not applied to earn them. You need to be more careful when dealing with them.
Why should I try to earn TrustShields?
TrustShields help other members trust you. If you have TrustShields, you’re more likely to get other members to respond to your messages. You're al...
Why do you award a shield for being a member over 6 months?
We have a number of systems in place for finding and suspending scammers, including an abuse reporting system and software that continuously scans ...
How can I decide whether to trust someone?
There’s a lot of useful information in their profile. Look for the following: Are they a Pro member? Pro members undergo a fraud check when they up...
How often do I have to renew my TrustShields.
TrustShields expire after two years, so every two years.
Why do TrustShields expire?
We want to make sure that your account is still controlled by you.