Ecommerce in Nigeria, estimated at $13 billion by the London based Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), is a vital sector that, if properly harnessed, can create more means of livelihood for individuals and massive jobs for youths, enhance sales for SME’s, boost economic development, reduce poverty and help in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Unfortunately, the progress of ecommerce in Nigeria is being hampered by several factors, one of which is distrust caused by the activities of fraudsters and scammers who pose online as genuine sellers or buyers.
It is very common to have situations where buyers pay for goods and services online only to wake up to the realization that they have been scammed.
Same applies to unsuspecting sellers who sell their goods/services and end up either incurring losses or getting out rightly defrauded.
To solve the mistrust between buyers and sellers and to drastically reduce incidences of online fraud, escrow payment arrangements have proved beneficial.
Escrow payments are such that a buyer, instead of paying to the seller directly, agrees to an arrangement with the seller and pays the money to a mutually trusted third party like EscrowLock, who holds the money and releases it to the seller when it has been confirmed that the buyer has received the goods/services.
Genuine escrow companies have unique and effective ways of protecting the sellers too and settling disputes that may arise.
Escrow payment can be used for the purchase of virtually any kind of product/service, be it physical products like a pair of shoes, piece of furniture, electronics, car, land or real estate; virtual products like software, ebooks, digital images, music files, secret keys/access codes; or services like hiring someone to do web design, create music/video/graphic content, etc.
As fraudsters generally shy away from escrow arrangements, it has been shown that insisting on escrow payment is one effective way to know if a seller is genuine.
For a small fee, usually not more than 5 per cent of the transaction value, EscrowLock can be engaged to act as middleman in order to protect both the buyer and the seller.
EscrowLock supports individuals, startups, freelancers, service providers, brokers and a host of other parties in a legitimate transaction.
EscrowLock is currently adjudged the best escrow payment service provider that individuals and startups can use for buying and selling in Nigeria.