Friday, January 21

Internet. Scam alert: on Facebook Marketplace, beware, if …

In the summer of 2017, the social network Facebook launched “Marketplace” in France, to compete with Le Bon Coin. Users can post announcements of items that are not necessary for them on the platform. Facebook allows its French users to sell and buy items online from their profile.

This extension, primarily designed for smartphones, is symbolized by a small “shop” icon at the bottom of the social network page on IOS and at the top on Android. It is also visible on computer and tablet, to the left of the Facebook page.

Except that..

Yes, you have to be wary. Like everywhere, scams are popping up and we have listed a few of them. First off, we’re posting a mundane article: an unused pair of ankle boots. Very quickly, we receive a message from a certain Jacqueline (in general, the first and last names are typically French, even old): “Is this article still available?” “Response from us:” Yes “. Another response very quickly arrives (with the errors in addition): “Good evening. Thank you for the message. Can send? Since I would like to pay via Paypal, I will make the transfer to you before you send the parcel for no security measure. Cordially. “

Pre-written messages, spelling mistakes …

Same thing with an advertisement for an office (always with the errors): “In case the sending is impossible, I will send you a Cocolis service broker at your address who will remove the office for me when he gives you the ‘cash money. It’s easier in my opinion, ”writes a certain Alexandre.

And another, Pascal, responds to an ad selling a globe: “Can send it to Calais, the shipping costs are my responsibility and I add 10 € for the reservation.” “

The messages are pre-written, full of mistakes (the scammer often operates from abroad and does not speak the language), similar for everyone, and offer to pay in cash in order to “reserve the article”. If you accept the carriers offered, the buyer will ask for your details and send you a link to pay insurance fees to secure the transaction. It is important not to enter your personal information, as the chronicler François Charron explains on his site.

Be aware that even online payment systems such as Paypal or carriers such as Cocolis or UPS are taken by storm by scammers.

Generally speaking, if you receive these kinds of messages, do not respond. Just report the profile to Facebook by clicking on the person’s name.

Counterfeit or stolen items

Don’t get caught up in a designer handbag or a rare game console, either. Facebook Marketplace is filled with counterfeit or stolen items with oddly below market price tags. If it’s too low, there’s a wolf …

In summary, be on your guard when selling or buying an item. Check as much as possible the authenticity of the account of the person with whom you are in contact (photo, identity, location, etc.), and especially favor sales / purchases in the region, with delivery and payment in person in a public place .

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