Venmo is designed for payments between friends and people who know and trust one another.
Do not use Venmo to transact with people you don’t know, especially if the transaction involves the purchase or sale of a good or service (e.g., items from Craigslist, Instagram, and Facebook). These transactions are potentially high risk and Venmo does not offer a protection program for any purchase or sale that you conduct using our service. You could lose your money without getting what you paid for, or potentially lose funds for an item you're attempting to sell.
Only consider using Venmo to purchase a good or service when you are given the option to do so via merchant websites or apps that are authorized by Venmo to display the Venmo button as a payment method. You can find a list of our authorized merchant partners here. Always choose your payment option carefully.
Other payment services (such as PayPal) may provide you with buyer or seller protection and other benefits that you will not receive if you use your Venmo account to make a purchase or sale. Thank you for your cooperation!