selling their items on online platforms are falling victim to a new
type of advance fee fraud. This involves a fraudster, posing as a buyer,
sending an email to the seller (victim), agreeing to the full asking
price of the item. They state that they are unable to collect the item
themselves and will arrange for a courier to pick it up instead. The
fraudster then sends a fake payment confirmation email from a different
email address, one which falsely purports to be from a payment platform.
In the course of the email exchange, the seller/victim is requested to
pay the courier fee. Once the payment is made the contact is broken, the
item is not picked up and the money paid for the ‘courier’ is gone. An example of the most recent emails received by the victim/seller, from the ‘Buyer’, read: “I
want you to consider this a deal as i am willing to pay your full
asking price! i actually want to buy it for a family member who is
urgently in need of it, i have checked through your posting and i'm
fully satisfied with it. Unfortunately, i would not be able to come
personally to view/collect, i work offshore as an instructor on a oil
rig so i dont have time at all, but like i said i am 100% OK with the
Be wary when buyers wish to purchase items at the full asking price without viewing them.
Check the validity of the payment receipt confirmation
Avoid paying an advanced fee if you are a seller; should you choose to use a courier, arrange your own.
feedback online by searching the associated phone numbers or email
addresses of the seller/buyer. Feedback will give you useful information
about recent transactions other buyers/sellers have made.
you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other
scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.