FACEBOOK users have been warned to beware of a Marketplace scam that could end up costing you thousands.
Catfish host Nev Schulman uses his expertise in the art of deception to help people protect themselves from other types of online tricks.
He believes Brits are most vulnerable when they’re innocently cruising Facebook Marketplace for a bargain.
The nearly 3 billion network app users lulled into a security scam are prime targets for scammers.
And Nev suggests that’s because “we’re all still beginners” when it comes to navigating sales apps like Facebook, Vinted, Depeop and eBay.
However, if you are tricked into clicking on shady links or sharing your details, it can drain your bank balance badly.
The 37-year-old MTV star has now teamed up with a mobile banking app cell to educate users on how to recognize and avoid fraud.
He explained: “Scammers target sellers on marketplaces because the average internet seller or seller probably hasn’t done it often.
“Facebook Marketplace is probably one of the largest [for scams] just because Facebook has the most users.
“If you don’t know the simple red flags to look out for, it can be easy to become a victim.”
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Nev warned people to beware of a common scheme used by scammers when using online shopping platforms.
Scammers can often send strange messages to unsuspecting users on platforms like Facebook Marketplace, claiming to be from the social network themselves.
The scheme usually involves users asking users to click a link to confirm their information.
As many naïve buyers strive to secure their item, they unknowingly give scammers their personal information.
Another warning sign Nev buyers and sellers should watch out for is eagerness, unwillingness to negotiate, and lack of questions.
Scammers then offer to pay for their purchase through a money transfer app before claiming that the purchase didn’t go through because you need to update your account.
A link is then sent asking the user to pay a small fee to allow the payment to proceed, followed by a fake email from a non-existent company asking you to confirm the transaction.
Along with his helpful fraud detection tips, Nev is now on a mission to hold marketplace platforms accountable.
He believes they need to do more to protect users and wants the web giants to learn a lesson from eBay.
He cites the wealth of available information and the rating system as the reason for the company’s success.
Nev added: “Like any time you are on an airplane, you must listen to the safety announcement.
“I think there should be a message. I think all marketplaces really should offer better reconnaissance prompts.”
We previously shared how Facebook issued its own fraud alert in the face of a spate of complaints over the past few months.
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