Anti-Fraud Hint #49

eBay Users Recruited By Fraudsters

Action Fraud, the National Crime Intelligence Bureau has passed on this warning.

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Action Fraud have noticed a rise in the reporting of victims being recruited via Facebook to sell items for suspects on eBay – often stating that it is a quick way of making money.

The items are said to be bankrupt stock, purchased via auctions, and need to be sold on quickly. The majority of the items reported have been Apple Mac Book Pro/Electrical Items.

The victim places the items on eBay and once the items are sold, the victim will get paid and transfer the funds to the suspect/recruiter.

Once the suspect/recruiter gets the funds, the purchasers are claiming that they have received empty cereal boxes or often no goods at all, leaving the victim being reported as the actual suspect, and leaving them out of pocket as their account will be debited.

Protect Yourself:

  • Consider conducting research on other information provided by the seller, for example: a mobile phone number or email address could alert you to negative information associated with the number/email address online.
  • Be very cautious of unsolicited emails or approaches over social media promising opportunities to make easy money.
  • When accepting offers, verify the company/entity details provided to you and check whether they have been registered in the UK.
  • If you think the deal or offer is too good to be true then it probably is!

If you think you have been a victim of this type of email you should report the message to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre: www.actionfraud.police.uk.  If you do make a report please provide as much detail as you can about the email and any effects it has had on your computer. Additionally if your Anti-Virus software detects any issues in relation to this email please provide us with the details.

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IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD, PLEASE CALL ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USE THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL, VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

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