Urgent warning to all Facebook users over vicious trick that’s already lost people hundreds

BRITS have been warned of a new scam attempt on Facebook that is taking hundreds of pounds worth of goods from victims.

A Facebook scammer used a fake banking app to trick victims into thinking they paid for expensive electronics they sold on Marketplace.

The Facebook Marketplace can be accessed via the smartphone app

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The Facebook Marketplace can be accessed via the smartphone appPhoto credit: Facebook

One victim, who wished to remain anonymous, had listed their laptop on Facebook Marketplace and believed they had found a legitimate buyer.

“I had communication with this profile which was this girl. It was a profile they set up and they sent me a message saying ‘My partner is on the way’,’ the victim told the St Helens Star, a local publication based in Merseyside, UK.

“This boy came around 8.50pm and paid using a mobile banking app, which I thought was perfectly legitimate at the time.

“I had no idea this fake banking app existed.

“He showed me the transaction. I found out later that no money had been transferred and he had blocked me on Facebook.”

The scam resulted in him losing 450 pounds, he said.

Another woman was also reportedly taken for £800 for a phone the same night.

The case is currently under investigation by the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB), according to Pauline Smith, the head of Action Fraud.

How do I make sure this doesn’t happen to me?

Facebook Marketplace can be a great place to make some extra cash — and even snag some bargains — on the things you no longer want or need.

Unfortunately, scammers lurk everywhere.

And scammers on Facebook Marketplace have various techniques to trick you into giving away money or goods.

So, be sure to follow these five tips from the cybersecurity company NordVPN to protect yourself:

  • Always use official payment methods. Use the Facebook checkout service or PayPal—but don’t let shoppers pay through PayPal Family and Friends. If possible, pay by credit card. This makes it easier to get a refund for fraudulent payments.
  • Get payment first. Do not send anything before you have received the money for shipping and the item.
  • Pay attention to seller ratings. The star rating is there for a reason. If a seller has a low rating, it usually means they are not trusted.
  • Do not accept overpayment. No matter how nice the buyer appears or how sincere the apology they make, never fall for this trick.
  • Be wary of phishing scams. Some cyber criminals forward a link to a website where credentials are stolen or direct you to download malware. Don’t click on anything suspicious.

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Alley Einstein

Alley Einstein is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Alley Einstein joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing Alley@ustimespost.com.

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