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Facebook Marketplace Scams: Add Your Experience

Were you scammed on Facebook Marketplace? Are you buying or selling stuff on the platform? Looking to report someone? Enjoy this article and find out what you need to know. We have received many complaints about Facebook Marketplace scams lately, so we decided to publish this material for fraud awareness and consumer protection. You can add your experience in the Comments section at the end of the article. Please expose the names of questionable businesses to help build a list of scamming websites.

Let's start with a little bit of education: do you know how to tell if a website is fake? If not, we have good news. Let's take a look.

Watch the video below and see how to check if a website is legit:

How To Tell If The Website Is Fake Video


Here Are Some Questionable Offers, Exposed

Let's get into it. The first example of a fake Facebook Marketplace shop is the type of 'business' that has a great site with many good-looking products, whether they are electronics, gadgets, clothes, or accessories. It makes you buy an item but despite of the fact that you get a confirmation of your purchase you will not get it delivered.

Here is what we received from our reader James: "While on Facebook Marketplace I found an ad for a plastic garden shed, for $99. They offered free shipping and I was ecstatic. Then I thought that this is too good to be true. It was a lifetime shed and a variety of legitimate companies were selling it for around $1600-1800, while some would even go over $2,000! I searched the site listing for 99$ and it was the only product they listed. The site had no physical address and had no phone number listed, yet was a very realistic looking web page with a company mission statement and a lot of other information. I cannot find anything on the company on the web other than it is about two weeks old. The web address is It also showed that it is associated with some other site, APKQTO.INC, which I can't find anything about."

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In a second example, the victim Tasmin exposes a shoe selling site: "I found a store on Facebook Marketplace with a clearance sale for Nike shoes. It looked totally legitimate. They said if I purchased shoes over $45 the shipping would be free. The shoes went for 99 Rand ($7US) a pair. I bought one. They debited the amount, added a shipping free more than the order purchase and emailed me to say that due to foreign exchange I got billed again! Scammers! The site is"

A pair of Nike for $7? Never, unless they are used. Here is one more.

A third case - referring to inexistent contracts - is listed by Penny B.: "There was an advert for a posture T-shirt for a price of 9 Pounds ($11US), which is very cheap. Fourteen days later they sent me an email saying 70 Pounds will be deducted from my account and further goods are being sent as I had not canceled a so-called contract, which I never received. I have seen on websites that numerous other people have had this experience. I have sent many emails to the company, which is based in Denmark. They refuse to refund the money and have deleted my account details. This is disgusting as they are targeting people who are in pain and vulnerable. Beware of".

As you can see, all three cases listed above have a different approach. Whether it's about prices that look too good to be true or non-existent agreements, beware of companies that do not have a strong presence online or previous clients. Or companies that claim to work closely with the government.

On the other hand, many questionable businesses send you the products you purchase, but they sell counterfeit consumer goods, not originals.


Facebook Marketplace Scams: How To Avoid

What can you do before purchasing anything online and especially on the Facebook Marketplace? Always check the company owning the website on the Internet by adding the word 'scam' or 'complaint' in the search engine. Also, look for all their names on the BBB listings - if they have a profile there.


Facebook Marketplace Scams: How To Report Them

Warn your family and friends about the Facebook Marketplace scams by sharing this article using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission and the Facebook Marketplace using the link below:

Report To The FTC Here

Report To Facebook Marketplace Here

If you want to report or hide a listing on Facebook Marketplace you can follow these steps: From, click Marketplace in the top left. Click the listing that you want to report or hide. Click in the top right, then click Report Post or Hide Item. Follow the on-screen instructions. If the person has blocked you, learn how to report something you can't see.

What's your story? Tell us. Meanwhile, if you decide to take your complaint online through social media, make sure you don't fall for the Fake Customer Representative Scam.


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