Beware of Fake Buyers!0
Scammers. Ugh. They seem to infiltrate everything!
We are seeing a disturbing trend of people being ripped off by scammers when selling things online. If you’re selling anything using an online platform, keep these tips in mind:
• Scammers will contact you via email or text, they will normally avoid speaking on the phone.
• Scammers will have a “story” of why they can’t meet you face to face, ie they’re working overseas so they need you to post the item and they’ll send someone to collect it.
• Scammers will arrange to direct deposit into your account and will send you a screenshot of the transfer and a copy of their ID as proof you can trust them
• Don’t be fooled – the screenshot is fake, and the ID is stolen, so beware and be in control. Don’t hand over the goods until you confirm directly with your bank the money is sitting in your bank account.
Scammers do a great job of impersonation – they have to, it’s their job. As you can see in the screenshot below the bank transfer looks legit but it’s not. The scammer will use any means possible to try to fool you, including using the names and logos of well known and trusted companies, banks and organisations to prey on your goodwill.
Ask yourself, R U InControl, take your time and do a few checks and never send your ID to anyone you don’t know.