FACEBOOK Marketplace sellers have been warned of a worrying scam making the rounds.
Cunning scammers ask if they can arrange a FedEx or UPS pickup because they’re busy — but it’s not all as harmless as it might seem.
“Okay, I suppose, but I’d like to come tomorrow, but I’m busy with work at the moment,” the vertigo usually begins.
“I’ll send a UPS mailman to your home to give you your money in cash and pick up the shipment.”
First of all, delivery companies like Fedex and UPS do not offer such services.
But the scam gets trickier when you’re asked to pay for insurance on the envelope supposedly carrying your cash.
They claim that this is a requirement of the delivery provider and promise to leave the extra amount in the envelope so you don’t run out of pocket.
To further lure victims, the scammer will ask for your email address.
They use this to send you a fake email pretending to be from the delivery company that you need to deposit the insurance money with.
It includes things like a fake tracking number to make it appear authentic.
If you keep going you will end up paying the scammer and such delivery service will never arrive.
And should you become suspicious and refuse, things can get awkward.
The bad actor can start with the sympathy card and say he will lose money because the delivery order cannot be canceled.
This can even lead to threats if you continue to refuse.
The scam has actually been going on for a while, but sellers on Facebook Marketplace say it’s still happening.
Buy safely on Facebook Marketplace
It’s always best to meet in person when buying or selling on Facebook Marketplace.
Make sure it’s a public meeting place in a well-lit area.
Avoid payment links and sign up directly through the payment method’s website.
Most sellers prefer to deal in cash directly upon meeting to ensure it is legitimate.
Spot a scammer on Facebook Marketplace
It’s always a good idea to take a look at the person’s profile as it might have telltale signs.
Check the account creation date.
Facebook launched in the UK in 2005, so most people have accounts that date back a few years.
If the account that is contacting you has only recently been created (in the last few weeks or months) you should proceed with caution as this could show that it was specifically created to scam innocent people.
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