How to Avoid Facebook Marketplace Scams?


Facebook Marketplace is a service Facebook offers for users who wish to buy and sell items. Unfortunately, most person-to-person websites, including Craigslist or eBay, are nests for scammers – and FB Marketplace is no exception. Read listings critically and use the resources available to you to avoid Facebook Marketplace scams. In case you find a listing that you believe is a scam, or if you have been taken in by a scammer, report the fraudulent activity to authorities ASAP.

Types of Facebook Marketplace Scams

Reappraise Facebook Marketplace Community Standards

These standards describe answerable buying and selling practices, besides listing items forbidden for sale in the Marketplace.

  • Scammers may post a listing for items that are proscribed under Marketplace guidelines, filching your cash, leaving the transaction incomplete.
  • Scammers will often ask for payment or delivery of an item in a manner that is not per the general guidelines. Using optional means of payment or delivery gives you less shielding as a buyer, a good reason why scammers try to steer you toward these methods.

Examine the seller’s profile 

Facebook Marketplace has similar websites that facilitate person-to-person sales and auctions because you have to have a FB account to buy an item or post a listing. Examining the seller’s profile will help you decide if the seller’s bona fides are what they are purported to be. 

  • ·     Do be mindful that a legitimate seller may have a lot of information that is generally exclusive to friends only, but you might be unable to get a lot of information from their public profile. Nonetheless, you can still see their main profile picture and the duration they’ve had a Facebook account.
  • ·     For instance, if a seller only began their Facebook account the day before they posted the listing, they may well be trying to scam you.

Use Facebook Messenger carefully

Facebook permits you to talk to the seller through Facebook Messenger to bargain and close the deal. Be very circumspect if you believe the listing is dishonest.

·     Steer clear of giving out any personal information. Don’t on any account give the seller your bank account or credit card number over Facebook Messenger. Ditto for any other information the seller could in every likelihood use to steal your identity.

·     If the seller is insisting they are local, but you don’t believe they are, you ought to be able to ask them questions about local events or different neighbourhoods – to gauge their actual acquaintance with the area.

·     Use your best persuasion, and if you have a bad feeling in your gut after talking to them, bid ‘adieu’ to the transaction.

Secure payment systems will ensure high levels of safety 

PayPal and suchlike offer protections that shield you in case the seller does not deliver the purchased item. 

  • ·     Scam artists will constantly try to get you to pay with a money order, cash, or wire transfer. Steer clear of these methods of payment – even with local sellers. You won’t have any way to trace your money or get it back if the seller runs off with your money.
  • ·, use your best judgment If a local seller asks for cash. Usually, a licit seller will accept a mode of payment that you offer. Secured payment systems offer advantages and greater confidence to sellers besides.

Safe area meets-up. 

Originally, Facebook Marketplace was meant to be used mainly by people living in the neighbourhood. However, it so happens that a neighbour might one day defraud you. 

  • ·     Think before you begin to trust a seller who wants you to come to their house or who wants a meeting at night. Demand making the exchange in a public place during daylight hours – particularly if you are paying them in person.
  • ·     Many local police precincts will permit you to meet the person in their parking lot or in the station’s lobby. If you have this option available, it is the safest place to meet a seller.

Selling items

Warrant just the precise purchase price

 Too commonly, the bilker/scam buyer suggests paying you more than the asked price. The scammer then subsequently says you may send them a MO/cheque for the difference.

  • ·     What really occurs here is that the scam artist’s payment fails. However,  they have already received the amount you refunded them for the “overpayment.” They may also have gotten the item as well.
  • ·     There is no licit reason a person would need to pay you more than your asking price for an item – then expecting you to return them the difference.

Examine the buyer’s profile

 If you are to buy an item on Facebook Marketplace, you have to have a FB profile. A licit buyer will flaunt a hearty profile. Conversely, a scammer most possibly will have a rudimentary profile created days back.  

  • · Some users’ privacy settings may restrict the amount of information you can gather from their profile. Nonetheless, you’ll still be able to see their main profile picture, besides a general chronology of the profile itself.

Use Facebook Messenger to talk to the buyer.

 A FB Marketplace advantage is that it permits you to have a chinwag with the buyer within Facebook. Proceed with caution, however, if you have reason to suspect the buyer is a conman. 

  • ·     If the buyer insists they are local, but you suspect they aren’t, ask them questions about local happenings or neighbourhoods. Depending on their answers, you’ll know how well-acquainted they are with the area.
  • · Don’t ignore intuition. If you feel like something just isn’t right, don’t be afraid to pull the plug and call off the sale.

Restrict payment methods you will accept

 Assured payment systems protect buyers and sellers. However, as a rule, conmen will time and again ask to pay unconventionally, for instance, by suggesting gift cards. 

  • · With the gift card scam, the gift cards, as a rule, have zero balance or were stolen and therefore unusable.
  • · Money transfer services or wire services don’t guarantee that the money will arrive or shield you with protection if you send the item and never receive payment.


Facebook Marketplace has attracted a great deal of honest buying and selling. However, it has also drawn con artists and fraudsters. All that is needed to keep wrong-doers at bay is mindful awareness. Vigilance ought to become a practised habit. Practice your security drill on the advice detailed above. Anyone dreaming of easy pickings against you will come up against a rude shock. If you get stuck at Facebook Marketplace Scams do contact us we will sure get you out of it. Should you need assistance, however, Fast Action Refund would gladly help.

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