Saturday, September 11, 2021

Facebook Marketplace

 

If you use Facebook, I'm sure we've all browsed Facebook Marketplace.  Now, this is a great place to find deals on almost everything! From shopping local, to browsing all over the place. But of course, this is also a great market for scammers! Sigh, yes, more scammers. If there's money to be had, there's someone willing to scam you for it!  

 Like I said, Market place is a great place for deals, and usually when we see an awesome deal, we are usually in a rush to snatch it up!  We'll be messaging the person right away, willing to pay the posted price, asking them to hold the item, etc.  Well, the scammers have found a way to take advantage of that. E-transfer!  Send me a payment and I will hold the item for you.  We've all read this one, and I'm sure a lot of us have even used it.  Well now, how many of you have sent that "hold" payment, then never heard from the person again? Probably quite a few, and most are too embarrassed to admit it. 

Another setup the scammers are using is, when asking for you to send a "hold" payment, they will send you an address of someone random.  This is happening very frequently lately. You send a payment to hold your prized find, head over to 123 great St. and Voila! the person there has no idea what your talking about. If someone is selling an item and wants a deposit for it, are they worried it won't sell? Why can't they sell it first come first serve? There are a lot of red flags that should make you think before jumping at something.

Where ever there is a possible place to scam someone, there IS someone trying it!

There are a couple of ways to check these items out, to make sure they are legit.

1. Check the profile, 95% of the scammers use new accounts. If you check an account and notice that it was recently made, as in the last few days, DO NOT contact this person! DO NOT send any form of money or information!

2. Look for "Mutual friends" on the profile page. If the person has mutual friends that you also have, then the person is usually safe. Or you can simply ask your friends if they know the person, if you don't.

3. Ask some general questions about the item and where they got it from or how long they've had it, etc. Most scammers will just pressure you into buying it and won't take the time to tell you about the item.


Practice safe shopping techniques, and you should never lose your money. As for Facebook market place, NEVER send money to hold an item, if the person is pressuring you to send it, move on, I'm sure you will find another one. Most sellers will gladly answer your questions about the item etc. Check those profiles, That should be the first thing you do! If it's a new profile, report it! Facebook is really good at removing these scamming items and usually get it done within minutes!

With the Holiday season coming up, there will be a huge increase in these types of scams and money snatching techniques, Don't fall for them!  Do your homework, a little research goes a long way.  And as always "If it sounds to good to be true" it probably is! Be vigilant, Stay safe!

 

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