Berlin The attack actually begins even earlier: in order to circumvent the security precautions of the classifieds providers, you are first asked to switch to another communication channel, such as Messenger, short message or mail. Those who agree to this will then be asked to accept the collection of the goods by courier.
Courier and payment service are fake
The following is a link to a fake website that explains the supposed courier service. Then the criminals send another link that leads to the also fake page of a payment service. Information such as the offered goods, your own address and the purchase price have already been created there.
Those who then click further will be asked to enter credit card or account information – supposedly to receive the money. In fact, of course, the attackers are only interested in tapping the sensitive data.
For prevention, consumer advocates advise:
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- Communicate exclusively via the message system of the respective classifieds.
- As a seller, never transfer money and do not accept alleged intermediaries.
- Check payment confirmations exactly and always only compare alleged incoming payments directly to your own bank account.
- To avoid sales abroad, it is best to always have goods picked up and take money in cash.