A young mother has revealed how vicious scammers tried to scam her after she posted a $20 baby rocker on Facebook Marketplace.
Sydney’s mother, Danise, put some of her old stuff on the page when she was approached by a con man posing as a buyer.
The conversation started normally, but quickly turned into a red flag, with the scammer asking her for money as “insurance.”
A young mother has revealed the moment when someone tried to scam her via Facebook Marketplace
First, they approached her to ask if the bouncer was still available, which is a typical first question from buyers on the platform.
She quickly agreed and added a smiling emoji at the end of her answer.
The scammer responded by acknowledging that the prize suited them, but that they were too busy to pick up the rocker themselves.
“I will send a FedEx mailbox to your house to give you cash and pick up the item,” they wrote.
But Denise thought she could offer to help and asked where the buyer worked.
‘Is it close? Maybe I can drop it off if that’s you,’ said the busy mother.
But instead of thanking her for her kind gesture, the scammer sent another message about FedEx.
“I explain that a FedEx agent will come to your home to give you an envelope with your money, and once you’ve verified your money, he’ll send the item to me,” he wrote.
Speaking to FEMAIL, the mom said she should have realized at that point that something was wrong, but “it was early in the morning,” so she didn’t click for a few minutes.
“The people around are usually very nice, so you always give them the benefit of the doubt,” she said.
But instead of confronting the scammer about their questionable behavior, she simply agreed.
The mother was trying to sell a bouncer when asked to pay the buyer for the item’s insurance
“Okay, if that’s easier for you,” she said.
They then asked what time she would be home tomorrow before asking for her first name, address, the total amount and an email address.
She responded and asked for the FedEx courier at 11am.
Then the scammer demanded money.
“The shipping costs are on my account, but there is an envelope insurance fee that you have to pay, but don’t worry at this point, I’ll add that to the original amount,” he said.
This confused Danise who asked what she had to pay.
The scammer explained that the insurance was for the $20 the FedEx guy would bring to her door.
He told her “not to worry,” as he would add it to the $20 he owed her for the rocker — so she wouldn’t get out of her pocket.
“You’ll get it in cash when the mailman comes,” they said.
This was when Danise seemed to have had enough.
“Sorry I’m not doing this, the item is only $20,” she said.
The scammer said double to Danise, “Well, at this point I don’t know, but the FedEx service will tell you in the mail you will receive at your email address, but don’t worry at this point, I will add the insurance cost to the initial amount so you don’t have to waste a cent, so if you agree I’ll contact FedEx,” they said.
The message thread between the pair ends here and Danise reported the profile to Facebook.
“I reported this person, but I’m sure these people can create any new profile and do the same, so please be careful,” she said alongside the screenshots.
And people in the Neutral Bay community group, where the screenshots were posted, weren’t surprised by the scammer’s attempt to extort details.
Happened to me on Gumtree via WhatsApp. I reported it and Gumtree told me to get my mobile number off the site and just use their messaging platform, haven’t had any issues since. And only trade with locals on FB marketplace. It’s getting crazy out there,’ said one woman.
“Yeah, I had one yesterday too. My recommendation is that it should be made clear from the first contact that you will only accept cash on collection or a Direct Credit to your bank account,” said another who was told to use a PayID scam for something they were selling.
HOW TO SPOT A SCAM EMAIL
- The email is not directly addressed to the recipient
- There is poor grammar or misuse of punctuation and poor quality or distorted images
- There is an instruction to click on a link to perform an action
- There are unclear shipping addresses. For example, Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo addresses should ring alarm bells
“They said they sent me $700 through PayID and that I had to click the link in the email to join PayID, then transfer them $300 back. I have received fake emails that look like Commbank PayID etc. It’s all a waste of time,” the woman complained.
Another was caught in an advanced scam on Facebook.
‘I was scammed on FB through an advertisement for Witchcraft attire. Looked very legit. I ordered a jacket, paid with CC. When I checked my CC statement the payment was not to Witchery. I looked at the receipt of my payment and the contact was with a Gmail account,” said another.
Others said they’ve seen the exact same FedEx scam and are now “removing” anyone who posts about the parcel company.
It’s not clear if Danise eventually sold her baby rocker after the awkward correspondence with the scammer ended.