The Office of Internet Security (OSI) has warned in a statement of a new method of fraud in trading applications such as Wallapop and Winted. criminal in scam Shows interest in the product offered on these platforms and asks you to continue communication outside the platformIn messaging applications like WhatsApp.
the offender insists Complete the payment outside the security system offered by the trading platform As for the perceived security issues, transactions made through Wallapop, Vinted or Milanuncios are very secure. criminal in the end sends the victim a fake link that impersonates merchant apps and asks the buyer to enter his bank details to end the transaction.
“If you have a product for sale on a trading platform such as WallPop or Vinted, you receive a message from a user who is interested in one of your products, But it asks you to contact him in alternate and external way of platform (for example, mail or whatsapp), ignore it, it’s probably a hoax, Reporting options to the application as well as complain to the user”, warns OSI. The following image is an example of this WallPop fraud:
“If anyone wants to purchase any of your products remotely, do all communication through the platform and accept transactions only within the shipping system of the application, so that payment is secure And don’t take the risk,” the statement said. Once the victim provides his bank details or his card details, criminals start accusing him, and there have also been cases in which criminals buy cryptocurrencies with their victims’ money, according to OSI.
How can I identify fraud?
Internet Security Office recommends checking If the buyer has registered recently, since fraudulent users are “usually on the platform for a short period of time”. we can also check previous reviews that the buyer has received and if they have verified their profile.
When the user asks you to continue shopping outside the application, It’s time to be suspicious: your goal is to leave no trace of committing fraud, Do not accept any alternative payment methods for Wallapop, Vinted, Milanuncios or similar platforms. If we have fallen into fraud and have provided our bank details, we should file a complaint and keep all the evidence proving the crime.