Online Purchase Scam
As of December 2021
Largest amount lost by an individual
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.
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Online Purchase Scam: Real Stories
28 Jun 2022 | Online Purchase Scam
Buyer (atricialeeeltnhwte) expressed interest for a Fossil watch through Carousell app on 26 Jun 4.30 pm. Asked me to email him at email@example.com to schedule meetup or post. He asked me to post the…...
28 Feb 2022 | Online Purchase Scam
Caller called claiming that she is calling from amazon and she has my contact number as someone is trying to make a purchase via amazon for USD 1,500. She is calling to confirm if i indeed made the purchase…...
23 Feb 2022 | Online Purchase Scam
Met a girl through a dating app, after 3 nights of normal conversations (all in chinese, she said she is malaysian), asked me to help with her job to pay for items on carousell so i am able to get a commission…...
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