A New Scam
Well, it was new to me, but so well done I thought I'd let you know about it.
I've got some stuff I need to get rid of, so today I listed several items for sale on Gumtree and Ebay.
One was a home theater system, listed at a good price as the 3D blu-ray player that drives the system has an issue. Which I detailed in the ad.
Almost immediately, I got a text message from someone wanting to buy it. They would get Fedex to pick it up (Fedex would do all the packing) and they would send me the Fedex link that would allow me to get paid in advance of the pickup.
Sounds good so far, right?
So they sent me the link. That gave me my first suspicion. I didn't like the URL.
But went to it anyway.
It looked totally legit. Asked me for my credit/debit card number to transfer the payment to.
When I entered the number, it displayed it back to me with the middle 8 digits replaced by asterisks, so that it looks like it's been stored securely.
It displayed a form for me to enter:
- The current balance
- The expiry month and year and
- The CVV
In other words, everything you would need to withdraw all the money available.
No one needs that information to deposit money, only to withdraw it.
This used two of the classic tools of the scam:
- A funnel. It leads you on, one small commitment at a time.
- Greed. It promises a reward, in this case a successful sale of something I'd listed.
Has anyone else come across this? I suspect it might be fairly new.