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Criminals exploit second-hand sites to commit fraud
Online market places exist in various forms and can be organized (e.g. Ebay) or less organised (e.g. social media platforms). Both types of online markets are abused by fraudsters.
Online shopping and auction fraud
These fraud types can occur in various ways
The fraudster can use an original website for second-hand trading or auctions to redirect the victim to a fraudulent website. The fraudster can also create fake accounts on legitimate websites.
The peculiar thing with fraud on online trading platforms is that the victim can be both the buyer and the seller.
An indicator of fraud is an alarmingly low starting bid for an expensive item.
Fraudsters also post false ads on second-hand sites in order to trick people into buying good that either doesn't exist or that they will never receive
The most frequently reported false ads are related to mobile phones and other electronics, but can also relate to other types of goods such as cars, clothing and accessories.