When fake or non-existent items are advertised for sale.
How it could happen to you
- You see an advert online for something that looks legitimate, but the link takes you to a bogus website. You may have even found the advert after someone you know has posted it
- Fake adverts can still be found on legitimate buying and selling websites. Be careful when shopping online for clothes, designer items, vehicles, and gym or music equipment
Stop. Challenge. Protect.
- Always pay by debit or credit card, or the secure payment method recommended by reputable online retailers and auction sites, as this could give you more protection
- If you can, view the item in person first to make sure it exists, especially if it’s a large purchase, such as a car
- Research and read reviews to check the site and the seller are genuine
- Always open the website you’re buying from by typing it into your web browser. Be wary of clicking on links in unsolicited emails or on social media
- If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is
When someone pretends to be the police, a bank, a friend or business, to convince you to send them money.
When you’re invited to invest in things that are worthless, or don’t exist.
Advance fee scams
When fake companies ask for an upfront fee and then don’t provide the service you’ve paid for.
When account details on an invoice are changed, or emails are intercepted, so the money is wrongly paid into the scammer’s account.
When someone pretends to be interested in a romantic relationship with you. They gain your trust and then ask for money.
When you let someone put money into your account, which you then transfer on. You may be told you can keep some of the money for yourself.
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