Online Purchase Scam
As of December 2022
WHAT IS AN ONLINE PURCHASE SCAM?
An unusually good deal for a gadget, amusement park or concert tickets attracts your attention online. You transfer payment to the ""seller"" who promises delivery of the item. In some cases, the seller demands further payment for duties or delivery charges after the first payment is made. Ultimately, you never receive the item.
In another variant, you may be asked to pay in cash for items that you did not purchase, that are different to what you thought you purchased or are cheap replicas.
Many of these fake sellers may pose as legitimate online sellers on popular marketplaces, create fake websites, or even place advertisements on social media to build credibility.
You only realise you've been scammed after paying for the items in cash.
Look out for these scam signs
If it's too good to be true, chances are it is. These deals often go for way below market price disguised as a one-time-only or flash deals.
Scammers may also promote popular, sold-out items for above market price.
Scammers often omit product information, and/or have unstated terms and conditions.
Scammers may try to take the conversation off platform to avoid detection.
Scammers will often ask you to pay via direct bank transfer in return for a discount.
Scammers may also ask for extra payments like admin charges and freight charges.
How to stay safe
For high-value items, use reputable platforms with consumer protection and return policies.
Online Purchase Scam: Real Stories
31 Jan 2024 | Online Purchase Scam
Saw muhammad elmouchiha's carousell post selling coldplay tickets. The posting asked to contact him on telegram due to flooded inbox on carousell. On telegram, @elmouchiha asked to transfer money to him…...
11 Jan 2024 | Online Purchase Scam
On January 6, 2024, a person who identified himself as Gerrard contacted me by phone regarding three concert tickets I was interested in. Initially, I had contacted him through Carousell under the username…...