Watch out for this cell scammer scam on Facebook Marketplace

You’ve heard all the horror stories of people getting scammed trying to buy products on Facebook Marketplace. Now it happens to the sellers. Some people using Facebook Marketplace have fallen victim to a nasty cell scam as they innocently try to sell items on the site to earn extra money.

A recent study by BeenVerified found that fraud on Facebook Marketplace increased by 184% in the past year. If you hate that,zelle also had an 86% increase in their attempted scams.

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This is how this Facebook Marketplace scam works

Thezelle imposter scam taking place specifically on Facebook Marketplace is associated with phishing emails pretending to bezelle. The scammers aim to trick shoppers on the site into replying to these phishing emails impersonating cell.

They first contact a seller and ask if they can use cell to pay for a product.

As cell has become more popular over the years to transfer money quickly, most people accept this arrangement. However, the scammer repeatedly asks if the seller received the payment after “shipping” it.

If the seller does not receive a cell notification, the scammer asks the seller to check their spam folder. Lo and behold, in the seller’s spam folder, a fake cell email disguised as a legitimate cell notification is just waiting for you to open it and get hacked.

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Scammers look for victims on Facebook Marketplace.

Scammers look for victims on Facebook Marketplace.
(Fox News, file)

How can I prevent this from happening to me?

There are a few things you should always keep in mind to avoid falling for a social media scam:

  • Avoid accepting payments from services like Venmo,zelle, and Cash App: While convenient, these services simply don’t have the same level of protection as services like Facebook Checkout and PayPal
  • If someone asks for personal information, it’s a scam: Never give out your private information to anyone you have never met online, whether it is a phone number, address, bank details, etc.
  • Do not accept gift card payment: If someone asks to pay for an item with a Visa, American Express, or any other type of gift card, it’s likely a scam
  • Do not pay money in advance: When someone online asks you to pay money upfront to hold an item for them, it’s fraud
  • Always check the email address: When you get a notification from a website that looks like cell, it shouldn’t have a personal email address like Gmail or Yahoo attached
  • Look for red flags: such as spelling and grammatical errors
  • Do not click on suspicious links: If you accidentally open a spam email from one of these hackers, do not click any of the links in the email as it may hack your private information. Protect yourself from accidentally clicking malicious links by running antivirus software on your device. See my expert rating of the best antivirus for your Windows, Mac, Android and iOS devices by searching “Best Antivirus” on CyberGuy.com by going to my website at CyberGuy.com/LockUpYourTech

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How to avoid being scammed by a cell scammer.

How to avoid being scammed by a cell scammer.
(Thiago Prudencio/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images, file)

Also, be wary of offers that seem too good to be true and always research the seller thoroughly before making a purchase.

Have you or someone you know been scammed through Facebook Marketplace? Tell us what happened. We’d love to hear from you.

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