If you’re wondering about the Cash App scam in Facebook Marketplace, you’ve come to the right place. In this piece, I will explain all about Cash App scams and how to stay safe.
Facebook Marketplace is a wonderful platform and safe for its members to advertise and sell their products without charging anyone bloodsucking prices and fees like other marketplaces. In addition, it is the ideal place for anyone looking for great deals to buy used and the latest goods. Bargain hunters are also growing interestingly on the platform to buy second-hand products at their supposed lowest prices. However, with the advent of the Cash app, the Facebook Marketplace has turned into a hiding place for scammers.
I will show in this post how scammers are stealing merchants’ hard-earned money through the platform’s Cash app. I will then discuss several strategies that you can use to avoid falling victim to one of these scammers. But first let me describe the question, “What is the Cash App scam in the Facebook marketplace?” Let’s start.
What is the Cash App Scam in Facebook Marketplace?
Using the well-known payment processor Cash App, you can instantly send and receive money from loved ones. It has gradually evolved into a practical solution for both accepting money and doing business. However, many scammers are now using it as a platform to scam both internet buyers and sellers. Cash App fraudsters specifically target merchants and merchants who advertise and hire expensive and premium stuff. If you think you don’t fall into the category, let me tell you that scammers do not exclude sellers of basic and cheaper items from their activities.
Now that we know what the Cash app does in the Facebook Marketplace, let’s take a look at some of the Cash app scams that may protect you while making or receiving a payment. Please do not assume that the Cash App platform is a fraud in itself. No, it isn’t. It is one of the most authentic and legit payment processors on the market. However, there are some leaks that urge all scammers to scam people.
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The Cash App Scammers: How Do They Work?
On the Facebook Marketplace, a scammer acting like a normal buyer will want to buy something from you if you’ve listed a product on it. They will then ask to use the Cash App to pay for the item. You won’t smell anything wrong in it, no one else would either as the widely used Cash App payment gateway enables fast transactions for thousands and millions of people around the world. Some scammers will offer you to pay more than what you quote in the price segment to make it difficult for you as a seller to decline the transaction. Their offers are just too fantastic to pass up.
The scammer will ask you to send them pictures of the product you’ve signed up to sell on Facebook so they can look like you as a serious and legit buyer. After that, they will ask for your email address to confirm their transaction. They may even come up with another ruse to trick you into giving them the email address you use to log into the Cash app.
Once the deal is ready to be done, they will tell you that they have transferred the amount to you. They will email you screenshots or the messages that you believe were sent to them by the Cash App servers. But those emails and screenshots are all faked to trick you.
Let’s see how we can identify a buyer who is actually a scammer. The scammers disguise themselves as genuine and authentic sellers and adapt new tools and behavior to defraud the sellers. Fortunately, they leave one impression or the other that if identified in time, they will save you from their tempting offers and words.
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How to Identify Cash App Scam in Facebook Marketplace?
Nevertheless, it is a fact that scammers are all over the Facebook Marketplace, but it is indeed quite easy to identify and dodge them. Here are a few typical indicators that you are not dealing with a real buyer, but that a suspected scammer is holding his horses to scam you.
1. The email they send you contains sufficient evidence of their forgery. Here are a few tips to identify a fake email from a scammer:
a. The email comes from private messages ending in @yahoo.com, @gmail.com, @icloud.com and more
b. The email does not contain any name or other personally identifiable information.
c. The layout of the email is too simple and strange.
d. The email will contain some grammatical errors
e. With the wrong capitalization you see all letters of some words in capital letters.
f. Wrong punctuation and flooded with exclamation marks (!).
g. They try to pressure you to act quickly.
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2. Their Facebook profiles are new. You will usually find a scammer’s Facebook page no older than a year.
3. Not only new, their Facebook profiles are fake. You can recognize a fake profile by the cover and profile picture. Scammers usually use photos downloaded from image websites – Pinterest, Stock Photos, Google Images and more.
4. They will force you to send the product by post. Because they won’t meet you in person. They will avoid it if you tell them to remove the product from your home or store.
5. They will pretend to only use a certain third-party payment app – like Cash App – to make you accept the payment, which is actually never received.
6. Scammers will offer you to pay more than you stated. They usually don’t negotiate. In some cases, to pretend to be a real buyer, they negotiate, but that is very rare.
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How to Prevent Cash App Scam in Facebook Marketplace?
Yes, Cash App is a secure payment app. However, it is better to use payment apps that are supported by Facebook. Currently, Facebook Marketplace in the US supports payment methods made through Facebook Cashout or PayPal. And even if you accept payments from another app, visit the app or call support (if you can’t see the payment) and check with your bank to see if you actually received the amount. Do not ship your product until you have received payment.
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You now know what the Cash App scam is in Facebook Marketplace. I recommend extending this article and applying it to all payment making apps, whether it is supported or not supported by the Facebook Market Place. It is not limited to Cash App, scammers, you can not imagine, are among us. They know all about their flaws and weaknesses. They know how to trap a seller and make them believe that they are not scammers, but real buyers. The only tip I’d like to share is “Check that you’ve received payment before packing and shipping your product” and “Provide your personal information – registered email IDs, credit and debit cards, OTPs or passwords – no one, whoever they are.”
Let me know if you know someone who has been scammed on Facebook Marketplace and how. Share your stories, ideas, and reviews in the comment box below. I enjoy reading them and answering them is my favorite part.