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How do I spot an online scammer?

 

Ideally, we’ll one day live in a world devoid of people who take advantage of thefts and scammers. In the meantime, OLX is here to help you spot the different types of scammers who may be lurking on the internet!

Besides, being informed and educated is the key to maintaining a good and active community. The OLX community is an online one, and while it is always the goal to create safe and winning transactions for everyone, here are some types of scammers that you might encounter.

THE SWINDLER

A classic example of a swindler is one that gives you a product different from what they promised. These are sellers who falsely advertise their product by lying about the quality, type, brand, and other specs of the product.

THE THIEF

A thief is a type of online crime that happens when they convince you to voluntarily give your money by deceiving you. This happens when you wire transfer your money, and you suddenly never hear from them again.

THE SCAMMER (SELLING FAKES)

A scammer is someone who sells a fake when they promised an original. This is the type of online deception that happens when they advertise a genuine product and give you a class A fake instead.

THE PHISHER

Phishers usually ask for personal information, and will come up with many creative reasons to do so. The next thing you know, they’ve already wiped out your bank account or used up your credit cards. Phishers do this by giving you links to shady websites that ask for your name, address, account numbers, birthdays, and more.

Now that you know the different types of online scammers, be more vigilant about your online transactions! Always prefer meet-ups over money transfers, and never hesitate to ask a lot of questions.

Check out our guide on how to spot these online scammers and our safety tips when buying and selling online.