Be on the lookout for online buyer scams #lookout #online #buyer #scams Welcome to Lopoid
HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) – As with most scams, if you’re doing anything digitally, there’s a chance you’re also putting yourself at risk of falling victim to a scam.
For this week’s Local4 Scam Alert of the Week, Josh Planos of the Better Business Bureau took some time to warn consumers about online buyer scams. Most of us by now have sold something on Facebook or eBay – or even used sites like Venmo to handle an online sale. However, sometimes that buyer on the other end of that transaction has no plans to buy your product.
”Unfortunately there are a lot of folks out there who are pretending to be buyers in the process of trying to figure out what your address is, some of that personal information we always talk about keeping protected,” Planos said.
Like most scams, Planos said the interaction usually starts off with a fairly harmless back-and-forth.
”They claim to be interested in your item,” he said. “They try to make sure you’re legitimate by asking for your phone number and they want to be able to text you a verification code. They’ll tell you to reply with a six-digit code on the platform where your item is listed.”
In terms of how to protect yourself from falling victim, Planos said it’s best to go into your normal safety protocols.
”The best way to avoid these is guard your personal information,” he said. “You certainly don’t need to give someone your phone number to make a sale on an online marketplace. That’s what makes it so great of a platform. Be sure you know who you’re talking with if you do share your phone number – if you so choose.”
Copyright 2022 KSNB. All rights reserved.