Over the last few weeks when we were trying to sell some things from home, we have been approached by several scammers. In case you are not aware of it – here’s how they work, and a few snapshots of the conversation so you don’t get scammed.
The approach is all similar :
- They will contact you through whatsapp.
- Often times their numbers are overseas. The ones we have received vary – some are +7 (Russia), +213 (Algeria), +977 (Nepal). This is not to say that every number from these countries are scammers (so don’t come and give me a hard time for this) – it’s just that the ones we have received are from there.
- They will ask questions about the item, so it seems they are fairly interested and genuine.
- They will then say they live in another city – Ajman is a common one, Dammam is another.
- They will then propose to arrange for courier and that they will pay for it – DHL, Emirates Post, Dubizzle Payment, Fedex.
- They will send you a payment link which appears legit, the payment page also appears legit.
- When you try and fill in the details, you will then be asked for your Credit Card number upon which the “funds will be deposited.”
- Well we all know what happens when you give someone your credit card number don’t we? 🙂
For the purpose of getting people to be more aware, we’ve played along with them so we could get a few screenshots of the payment options :
Emirates Post Group
Please be careful. Never ever, in any circumstances, provide your credit card number to an online transaction where someone is supposed to be PAYING YOU.
And for your entertainment purposes, here are a few ways to respond to these idiots. Feel free to share more with us 🙂
And here’s another 🙂
And another. See last slide 🙂