Scam – On Leboncoin, beware of this vicious scam when you are a seller

A scam is spreading on the sales site between individuals and professionals, Leboncoin. The association UFC Que Choisir launches the alert and calls for caution…

Be careful if you sell items on the good corner ! The UFC What to choose alert this week in quite a vicious scam when you are a seller on the platform. On the famous sales site between individuals, as in other places, the consumer protection association warns against interlocutors who are too insistent to go through the site’s secure payment system.

A counterintuitive approach when you know that security guarantees are generally more reliable with platform tools, with one difference…

A scam that can cost you dearly…

To illustrate the fraud, the UFC was able to take as an example the case of Elie, a young man who almost lost several hundred euros… After the publication of his ad, a high-end computer, Elie is immediately contacted by a potential buyer “willing to pay him the amount requested, as well as shipping costs,” says the UFC.

Good news, he told himself. The man’s proposal to “pay through the platform’s secure payment system” is even reassuring. Is when the fraud builds After several exchanges, the buyer tells Elie that he receive an email of Le Bon Coin confirming that the money has been sent.

A few moments later, Elie receives a message telling him that he has received “a payment from the buying party” and that his account will be credited once he has communicated the package tracking information to Leboncoin. . As the UFC shows with the photo below.

The fake email received by Elie.
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Amount, reference, name of the seller, receiving address… everything indicates that it is an official email from Bon Coin. They’re not here.

Identity fraud

Thanks to his style, Elie still visits the platform’s site to learn about the terms of use of the secure payment service. It was then that she discovered that she should have received the email not in her personal mailbox but directly on the Le Bon Coin app.

“Anyone can send an email, no matter how compelling it may be,” warns the UFC. And indeed, by retrieving various information from the seller via chat, the dishonest buyer was able to reproduce a very convincing fake email: the phishing email. If Elie had trusted e-mail, she would have sent her computer without receiving a dime.

“Proof that this was a scam, the account was deactivated by Le Bon Coin as soon as Elie reported it. But how many other people have been victims of this before?”, association. So be careful not to communicate too much information to the buyer and be sure to always check the app or site.

Some advices

1 – Always check the origin of the email, Le Bon Coin only uses the following addresses:

  • @leboncoin.fr
  • @news.leboncoin.fr
  • @messagerie.leboncoin.fr

2 – Grammatical and spelling errors

3 – The amount of the transaction. Beware of buyers who do not even try to negotiate, or even those who buy more expensive than the price set at the beginning.

4 – The shipping address. If it’s a relay point and not the buyer’s address, it’s suspicious.

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