Online Purchase Scam

Online Purchase Scam

As of December 2021



Have fallen prey to scammers



Total amount lost to scammers



Largest amount lost by an individual


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

How to stay safe

Transact within the platform. Where possible, insist on cash-on-delivery or use the platform's secure payment method.
Always choose to deal with reputable sellers who have good ratings and reviews and have been with the site for some time.

For high-value items, use reputable platforms with consumer protection and return policies.
Always check the terms and conditions and ensure fees are stated upfront.
Additional fees such as GST may be levied on goods that exceed a certain value ($400) for more information visit Singapore Customs:
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Online Purchase Scam: Real Stories

28 Aug 2022 | Online Purchase Scam

I got scammed by a fake buyer

Was contacted on Whatsapp regarding camera listing on club snap, buyer agreed on price, requested to pay through paypal, I agreed, and sent out the shipment via DHL. Received an email from "paypal" asking…...

28 Aug 2022 | Online Purchase Scam

I got scammed of $200 for a pair of Airpods that I didn't receive

I made a transfer of $200 for an Apple airpods pro that I wanted to purchase from this scammer from carousel and did not receive the item. I was texting the seller through whatsapp and asked about the…...

23 Aug 2022 | Online Purchase Scam

Beware of fake buyers on Carousell

Mr Lin placed an matching offer of a handbag i put on carousell, same day i put on sell on 22 aug.. in the morning of 23 aug we started discussing, he asked for my whatsapp number then moved the conversation…...

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