Online auction site Trade Me is warning users that a scam
email is being sent to recent bidders.
The scam is designed to solicit money from Trade Me users
under the pretence of a ‘fixed price offer’ on an item that the user has
recently bid on or asked a question about.
Trade Me has sent out an email warning to users
detailing the scam and its methods.
“The offenders guess someone's email address and contact
them regarding an item they have recently bid on or asked a question about”
says Trade Me.
“They pretend to offer the item for sale, request payment
and may suggest completing the sale via SafeTrader.”
“You're at risk of receiving this email because the first
part of your email address matches your user name (e.g. user name 'Tom', email
address firstname.lastname@example.org), and therefore it is easier to guess your email
Trade Me suggests the following to keep buyers safe:
- Never pay by Western Union, Money Gram or any other instant
- Check the email matches the information on your 'My Trade Me'
page (i.e. the item is listed under 'Items I Won')
- If you wish to complete a transaction via SafeTrader, visit www.safetrader.co.nz, create a membership and follow the instructions
- Change your email address on Trade Me so it is different
from your user name
For more information, visit Trade Me’s Safe
Buying Advice page here.