Online Purchase Scam

WHAT IS AN Online Purchase Scam?

Victims of this scam are often tempted by what seems like a good deal for a gadget, amusement park or concert tickets sold online. They transfer payment to the "seller" who promises delivery of the item. In some cases, sellers demand further payment for duties or delivery charges after the first payment is made. Ultimately, the victim never receives the item.

image_advices
  • Deals that are way below market-price disguised as limited-time-only or flash deals
  • High demand gadgets or items that are priced much lower
  • Lack of information on the products or unstated terms and conditions
  • Insists on bank transfers
  • Do not agree to bank transfers before delivery
  • Where possible, insist on cash-on-delivery or use the platform’s secure payment option
  • Check that all fees are stated upfront

What you should look out for

  • Deals that are way below market-price disguised as limited-time-only or flash deals
  • High demand gadgets or items that are priced much lower
  • Lack of information on the products or unstated terms and conditions
  • Insists on bank transfers

What you should do

  • Do not agree to bank transfers before delivery
  • Where possible, insist on cash-on-delivery or use the platform’s secure payment option
  • Check that all fees are stated upfront

RELATED SCAM STORIES

Showing 6 of 784 Stories
Showing 6 of 30 Stories
23 Jun 2021

Offer for PS5 was too good to be true!

This person listed a brand new ps5 for $755 which is considered cheap for a new ps5 given its availability. after contacting the seller via whatsapp, they promised to deliver it in 2 hours but requested…...

25 Mar 2021

Transact within the online marketing platform

They are listed as a seller on Lazada. They were offering PS5 at a cheap price. After i made the payment on Lazada the seller asked for additional $200 as insurance and vat. they said the money will be…...

02 Feb 2021

Beware of fraudulent sellers online

@trustdeals4_you - this person listed a bunch of apple products at a super low price. Like, he listed the M1 Macbook air for $500 on shopee. He encourages people to contact him on telegram (same username,…...

11 Jan 2021

Do your research first before dealing with an online retailer

I was a victim of online fraud. This month, I ordered 3 sets of  branded grinder(Total $72) from Snoufu?(mall.snoufu?.com < http://mall.snoufu?.com/ > ) but got 3 plain steel bowls. This company is so…...

03 Jan 2021

Seller went missing after I requested for a refund for my PS5 purchase

I saw a ps5 selling on shopee and i contacted the person through whatsapp. The price was not even considered low, it was just $30-40 cheaper than retail price. It has all these info on a website, Instagram…...

24 Nov 2020

Scammer insisted that we passed our phone to the courier person

I posted in gumtree to sell my. iphone se. Scammer contacted ME at 4pm said he want to buy it for his daughter. He is in USA but daughter is in Malaysia. He will arrange for fedex courier to pickup the…...

Have you encountered a scam?

Share your stories. Help create awareness.
Share Your Story