A Carousell seller narrowlly escapes from a scammer after he got suspicious.
The scammer insisted on getting the phone number of the seller to perform his scam.
Their scam works like this:
- They tell u they will use carousel protection and say they have alread transferred the money
- When you say there is no notification, then they will give you a website and ask u to try the link
- In the link, the website will ask u to key in ur credit card info
- Then u will get scammed
For this phishing scam variant, scammers would pose as buyers on Carousell and victims would be instructed to complete the transaction on third-party websites after receiving phishing URL links from scammers masquerading as genuine buyers.
Since July 2022, there have been at least ten victims, with losses amounting to at least $17,000.
Scammers would typically approach victims on Carousell and express interest in purchasing items that the victims are selling. After agreeing to the sale of the item, the scammer would tell victims that he would need the victims’ contact information to make payments via well-known logistic companies such as FedEx and SingPost.
The scammer would then send a phishing URL link to the victims via Carousell’s in-app chat and third-party chats like WhatsApp, instructing the victims to click on the link to receive payment. However, upon clicking on these URL links, victims would be redirected to fraudulent websites, where they would be tricked into providing their banking details and One-Time Passwords (OTP) to receive payment.
Victims would only realise that they have been scammed when they discovered unauthorised transactions made to their bank accounts.