How to prevent scams when selling on social networks

Marketplace, the social network Facebook, is one of the places where cybercriminals select their victims, who are mostly older adults.


Because there are more and more scams on social networks, the Technology and Security subdirectorate of the Ministry of Security shared recommendations in order to alert San Luis residents about this type of theft.

Cybercriminals are constantly stalking those who sell products on Internet sites. The main method is to show the seller a non-existent transfer, the amount of which is deceptively usually for a higher amount. This is how the steps that lead to a cyber scam usually begin.

Without detailing the different experiences of victims and their forms, it is recommended to keep the following action in mind:

Once you receive proof of payment through a transaction, ask the buyer to contact you again within 24 to 48 business hours to arrange delivery. During that period of time, verify or ask someone you trust to help verify that the transferred money is credited to your account.

Remember that you want to sell the product you are publishing and not make new friends you may never meet. For this reason, after the transfer, do not accept any WhatsApp calls, video calls or other forms of contact with the buyer. Criminals are skilled at dramatizing, crying over transfers they never made. Don’t listen to them and cut.

Remember that unfortunately the amounts stolen from the same person can be very significant in a single day due to this type of cyber scam and that cybercriminals are capable of using all types of methodology to steal from you.

For doubts or queries, the Ministry of Security enabled the line 2664 -4452000 int. 3567 (private secretary) or 3288 (entry desk).

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