Scams: Vinted, Leboncoin… These 6 Tips to Spot Internet Scams!

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Today’s scammers are smarter than ever. They have infested the digital world and found various schemes to mine your wallet under your nose Sites for selling good deals between individuals like Leboncoin and Vinted, are not excluded from his field of vision. Buyers aren’t the only ones affected. Several sellers have been scammed by these Internet scammers. How Recognize and thwart scams ? The answer in a few lines.

Finding scams is difficult on second-hand sites

the scams and disputes whose result are found in large numbers on online sales sites between individuals such as Leboncoin or Vinted.

Mireille Bougeard, a retiree living in Besançon just fell victim to it on Vinted. He would have bought a virtual reality headset for 250 euros on the site when it never arrived. When she checked the package detail in the photo, she understood the catch:

“I saw that it had already been delivered, but four days before the sale and to another address. The seller had given me a forged packing slip,” he says.

Source: Pexel

The seller would have changed the image from a previous package already sent so that the retiree would believe that the package was hers.

However, social networks bring together several cases like this. Médiamétrie allegedly claimed that one in two buyers would have been a victim of these dishonest maneuvers. To combat these scams, several online sales platforms have created secure payment systems. It consists of blocking payment until the buyer of the product confirms receipt of the package.

Unfortunately, some unscrupulous buyers took advantage of this system to avoid paying suppliers. Contacted about these issues, Vinted responded:

“We have also noticed for some time a number of cases where it is the seller who can be misled by the buyer. »

This is also the case for Leboncoin, when scammers made false confirmations of payment to receive an item without payment from them.

Sarah Tayeb, director of sales for eBay, agrees that manage disputes and secure purchases remains a “daily challenge”. He would even have admitted that “the great difficulty is often to understand which side the bad faith is on.”

How to avoid scams?

According to Sarah Tayeb, “Creativity it’s limitless for these scams “. These are the most common scams, with solutions for them.

The questionable profile

Before proceeding with a transaction, always check the reliability of the profile. Whether on the buyer’s or seller’s side, the average of the ratings will give you an idea of ​​the seriousness of the individual.

Be careful though:

  • Notices and reports of counterfeit or misleading descriptions
  • A seller profile, but too recent.
  • Shipping problems: cancellation, delay, etc.
Source: Pexel

misleading photos

some vendors display blurry photos on purpose. Therefore, the misled buyer will sometimes receive an item that is damaged or too small, etc.

To avoid this ploy,

  • Look on the tag to see if it is the correct brand or the correct size.
  • Be careful with the quality of the photos. Does the definition of these prevent you from seeing the photo clearly? Is the item displayed from different angles?
  • Please request more photos or exact measurements if you are unsure of the appearance of a product.

Falsification

For’avoid paying more for a disguised producta photo studio may not be enough.

To avoid this :

  • Please compare the item photo with the official photo.
  • Search among the brand’s products. Do they look authentic?
  • Look at customer reviews.
  • Post the photo on the site’s forum so that connoisseurs can help you.

a non-conforming item

This scam is more on the buyer’s side. He pays for the product. When he receives it, he declares to the site that it is “non-compliant” so that the platform can block the payment. At the end of all this, the seller loses the item and the sale.

To protect yourself from this scam, take the best precautions to prove your good faith, if necessary.

  • The photos of your articles must be of good quality.
  • Specify the defects of the article, if any.
  • Check the buyer’s profile: is it suspicious? How are the reviews? If in doubt, you can cancel the sale.
  • Always take a photo or video of the product at the time of packaging to demonstrate compliance.

Identity fraud

Also called phishing, phishing is message manipulation (email or SMS) which consists of imitating the official messaging system of Leboncoin or Vinted. The goal of the criminals is to obtain the personal information of the user, diverting the confidence of the Internet user. They take data like user ID, credit card number, etc. to resell them to other malicious individuals.

To avoid the scam, it is necessary to know upstream that during the updates carried out on these sites, the latter will never ask for your personal information. To be sure that it is a message from the site, know that:

  • Team messages will always come from the same profile.
  • Recognize site team profiles through their badge.
  • No other channel will be used apart from the site’s messaging service.

Scams: what to do if you are a victim?

If you are delivery scam victimthis is what you should do:

  • Check with Info Escroconsultas of the Ministry of the Interior to find out the correct steps, at the number 0 805 805 817.
  • Contact the delivery company.
  • Contact your bank to stop the payment or to get a refund.
  • Report your case on the Perceval platform of the Ministry of the Interior, in case of fraudulent debit on your bank card.
  • Keep all your dealings with the scammer to show the authorities.
  • File a complaint with the competent authorities.


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