Cell Phones Sale Scam on Craigslist, OfferUp and Facebook Marketplace
Craigslist Cell Phone Scams: Now on OfferUp and LetGo
The smartphone became such a hot commodity nowadays that almost everybody owns one. Needless to say, this opens a lot of opportunities for scammers, especially since it comes to the newer models. We refer to them as the “Craigslist cell phone scams”, but rest assured it could happen anywhere online (for example, in many OfferUp scams).
Let’s say you want to purchase an iPhone 11 or a Samsung Galaxy and want to get rid of your old cell phone. While looking to get a good price for your used phone, you come across tempting offers online. Advertisements such as “We buy cell phones for good cash” might catch your eye on websites like Craigslist, Oodle, OfferUp, Facebook Marketplace, LetGo, or Kijiji.
The scam occurs when you are required to send them the phone via regular mail. Be advised that if you have to send your phone to a ‘company’ 15 states away, you’ll never receive any money.
Criminals just bank on the fact that people don’t really care much about the old cell phones, since they don’t use them anymore. Not to mention that the crooks are also soft-spoken, since they do this all day, every day. They have an answer for pretty much every concern.
Facebook Marketplace Takes Over
With the development and popularity of platforms such as OfferUp, LetGo, or Facebook Marketplace, cell phone scams tend to move away from Craigslist. The Fb Marketplace seems to be now the biggest place, so beware
Don’t believe these companies’ testimonials unless you can research the client in detail. Always try to sell it to people you can actually meet and don’t have to mail it to, regardless of how good the offer is.
Craigslist iPhone Scams: How To Report Them
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