Of course, like everything that happens on the Internet, this site is not exempt from being used by cybercriminals. Most of the product and seller profiles being circulated are legitimate, but there are also many who use it to deceive users.
How to recognize the warning signs
defective item: Sometimes, criminals may use images that show the product to be in excellent condition, but after the buyer receives it, they find that it is broken. This could be due to just an unscrupulous seller as well as a criminal.
Counterfeit productSpecial attention should be paid to : Perfumes, jewelry, cosmetics and designer clothing, as these are items that are frequently repeated, It’s hard to tell from just a picture whether the products are genuine or not. When offers move too far from the average price, it can be a scam.
Fake Sweepstakes and PrizesSome want to get more information out of victims by sending phishing emails about fake offers and sweepstakes. With this modality, they want recipients to open alleged links to rewards, but end up having specific forms that are filled with personal data that will later be stolen.
shopping that never comes: This is one of the most common forms. After collecting money for the sale of an item, the scammer never sends the product to the buyer. This is more likely to happen if the object is located outside the local area.
shipping insurance scamsFor entrepreneurs, those who sell expensive items pose as buyers who are willing to pay the cost of shipping the item. The amount may be small compared to the cost of the product, so the seller will certainly accept it.
misleading offer: This happens when a good quality product is offered at an affordable price. When someone decides to buy it, it is no longer available and a new offer is placed on a similar item, but at a higher cost or lower quality.
overpaid: The scammer masquerades as a buyer and claims that they have overpaid. They then send a false invoice showing the alleged purchase transaction, requesting a refund of the difference in money.
Google Voice: This modality is based on a change of platform. The idea is to get the seller to send the alleged code to WhatsApp To verify that they are talking to a legitimate merchant, But it turns out that it’s two-step authentication to start the account.