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I’ve advertised a three seater reclining sofa on FB Marketplace and have had several queries as to whether or not it’s still available.

Here’s the latest.
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This has SCAM written all over it. Who’s going to pay DPD shipping fees on a huge item like a sofa?

Or am I too cynical?

Any idea how this works?

And do people really fall for this on something like a £75 sofa?

I can imagine that selling a watch could elicit a request like this and it could seem plausible?

Any ideas? It may help save someone from falling into the trap.
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This seems like a variation of a pretty common scam over here in the US. They give you a check for way more than the transactional amount and you give some cash back to the people coming to pick it up. Usually explained as transportation fees.

Except the check bounces and now you’re out the thing and cash.
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I tried to sell a folding desk on facebook marketplace, had similar except they tried to break into my paypal account. They somehow managed to trigger the 2FA code (so past my password), then tried to social engineer me to give it to them!

I now avoid FB Marketplace like the plague.

Desk still available folded up in the garage...
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It seems that FB Marketplace is not short of scammers.

One version of the courier scam…

https://www.helensburghadvertiser.co.uk ... 20delivery.

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Scam all over!

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"OK, you buy!
No requirement for DHLPD, I can deliver and you give me cashly. Good deal - both happy!
Please send your address, passport number, and bank account details so I know you are a serious man."
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Slightly off topic, but I had a wonderful WhatsApp voice message the other day:

20 seconds of Chinese, followed by: “Your phone will be cut off in two hours unless you reactivate, press 1 for instructions in Chinese and 2 for instructions in English.”

Needless to say, I deleted and reported, and both made and received calls as normal later in the day.

I totally hate these people, and would willingly round all of them up and dump them on a windy uninhabited rock with no one to annoy but each other. And no Internet.
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Amor Vincit Omnia wrote: Fri Dec 01, 2023 11:02 am
I totally hate these people, and would willingly round all of them up and dump them on a windy uninhabited rock with no one to annoy but each other. And no Internet.
I agree. Life’s demanding and I have no time for people who prey on people.
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Nothing about that sounds right. His profile pic is not filling me with confidence either. 😂😂😂

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nbg wrote: Fri Dec 01, 2023 10:12 am It seems that FB Marketplace is not short of scammers.
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My next door neighbour is a Superintendent Police Officer and kindly sent me a warning coming up to the Christmas period that on no account should one interact with FB Marketplace either as a seller, or buyer. Its the platform currently with the highest rate of scams of all internet sales sites. Personally I'd also avoid Gumtree. I tried to buy a rather rare motorcycle a couple of years ago but it smelt funny - no, not burning oil, the seller wanted cash on collection from a very dodgy location and the number plate in the photos didn't seem to fit the age of the bike. I put in a request to the DVLA and up came a Scania 17T box van, certainly not an ISDT MZ250! I didn't proceed with the purchase but did let Gumtree know my suspicions . . . . I know action was taken because I received a stream of obscene messages for a couple of days until I reported it and they ceased abruptly. Unfortunately the seller probably only received a gentle admonishment, whereas if there was any natural justice he'd have developed a seriously embarrassing medical dysfunction and consequent social exclusion :oops:
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Clearly the above is a scam - who would go to all that bother without physically seeing the item?

I must say that possibly the only downside of being retired is the constant stream of scam phone calls received during the day. Most of them are so transparent that I can't believe that people fall for them, bit they must do - otherwise why bother?

I was talking to my neighbour who told me about a friend of hers (male) who was sending £500 a month to a woman he had met in the Far East. She said he did this because she had "no money" and had asked him why she didn't get a job. My response was that this woman already had a job, getting money off Westerners, and that it obviously paid very well.

As the saying goes - You can fool some of the people all of the time, and those are the ones to concentrate on.
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nbg wrote: Fri Dec 01, 2023 10:12 am It seems that FB Marketplace is not short of scammers.

One version of the courier scam…

https://www.helensburghadvertiser.co.uk ... 20delivery.

Neil
Thanks Neil. I reckon that’s what’s going on here by the sound of it?
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strapline wrote: Fri Dec 01, 2023 3:54 pm Nothing about that sounds right. His profile pic is not filling me with confidence either. 😂😂😂

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:lol: Des, are you saying don’t judge a crook by his cover?!
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Interesting. I’ve just been on my banking app and there is a banner warning against Fb Marketplace.
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Amor Vincit Omnia wrote: Sat Dec 09, 2023 8:47 am Interesting. I’ve just been on my banking app and there is a banner warning against Fb Marketplace.
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