Don't walk around with a target on your back!
Just like everywhere else in life, the Internet has a few bad apples that can get in the way of your online experience. The good news is that there are some simple steps you can follow to stop online tricksters from raining on your parade!
We've put together this handy guide so you can quickly identify the latest email scams and other types of online fraud, as well as some simple tips on how you can be safer through every stage of the buying and selling process. So have a read and get to know your phishing from your fishing.
Know what to look for
Scams can take on different shapes and forms. The best way you can avoid being the target of a scam is to know what to look for.
False enquiry scams involve false buyers persuading sellers to pay unusual fees or refunds.
Don't get swindled
Phishing scams are created by fraudsters to give the illusion they've been sent from a legitimate organisation.
Avoid taking the bait
Payment scams involve false sellers trying to trick buyers into sending their hard-earned cash for items that just don't exist.
Be sure before you buy
Carsales does NOT send SMS messages to customers asking them to confirm details or send 4 digit codes. If you receive a suspicious text message, do NOT click any links.
Fraudulent PayPal scam - using ‘Chris Carter’ with email address: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com - and other similar email addresses:
Fraudsters have been trying to access the 4 digit pin code used to verify mobile numbers.
Fraudsters are trying to convince buyers to pay through Amazon Payment Protection program.
Fraudsters are attempting to reach sellers by texting them from this number-+44 7937985879.
Last week saw the widespread reporting of a far-reaching security vulnerability nicknamed the 'Heartbleed bug'.
The heartbleed bug has given Fraudsters an opportunity to create new phishing scams and are sending fake ‘password reset’ emails.
Fraudsters are sending fake emails that look like they come from PayPal warning legal action.
Fraudsters sending fake emails pertaining to be the Carsales Network-advising buyers than an advertisement that has been withdrawn is now back and is genuine. This is not true. Do NOT proceed with the sale.
Security Measures - DO NOT enter any personal details. Carsales are NOT performing any maintenance of security measures.
Fraudsters are tricking sellers into thinking that their password has been reset and sending them to a phishing website to enter their login details. DO NOT click on the link and DO NOT enter any login details.
This email is being sent out by fraudsters to trick people into giving away their credit card details and account login details, through a phishing website, that looks like a Carsales login page. DO NOT enter any details. Carsales never sends emails with links or asks for account details to be updated.
Australia Survey: Carsales is not affiliated or partnered with this survey. Credit card details are being requested and consumers could potentially be up for further charges on their credit card.
Please be on the watch out for an email that may be sent to you, even if you have not listed or enquired on the Carsales Network recently.
The email is fraudulent and offers you a second chance offer to buy a vehicle that you still maybe interested but is not listed on the site.
Cool4Mob Trivia Game - this is NOT a carsales Network competition - please DO NOT enter.
Fraudsters requesting copies of personal identification and registration papers through an email enquiry.
As general advice the Carsales Network would like to provide this update to advise sellers and buyers that there are there are sinister phone app’s and websites that allow users to send text messages as someone else.
Fraudsters are sending out false emails to members, advising that their account will be suspended, and that they must click on a link. The link directs the member to a false website. Please DO NOT click on the link in the email, or register on the false website.
Fraudsters are sending out the following false email from PayPal. DO NOT click on the link and DO NOT sign in on the false PayPal website.
DO NOT enter your information onto a page that asks you to confirm your credit card details. Carsales will never ask you to confirm your credit card details or your date of birth.
Please make sure that you DO NOT transact with any buyer or seller that asks you to use the website that looks like a Google checkout service.
Please make sure that you DO NOT transact with any buyer or seller that asks you to use the website that looks like an Amazon Payment service.
Please be cautious if you receive an email asking you to login to renew your details. .
Be cautious when contacting a seller, where the voicemail message says:
“Unfortunately the seller cannot be contacted by telephone. Please send an email and they will contact you promptly”.