Scam Tips

With the advent and continued popularity of online buying and selling, there are just as many ways to pay for these items and services you purchase over the internet. Because of this, we’ve all had to learn to exercise a little more caution when it comes to clicking on links and submitting our information to places we don’t find 100% trustworthy.

Unscrupulous people have now found another way to try and take your hard-earned money, and this time they are using the guise of courier companies like Aramex to do so.

If you are an advertiser using an online marketplace to sell your items and/or services, please take note of the following scam, which targets advertisers under the pretense of using Aramex as the chosen courier and payment facilitator.

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The scam works as follows.

You place an advert online and are then contacted by an interested buyer with messages resembling the following:

Hi, I am interested in the ‘TITLE AND PRICE OF YOUR ADVERT’.

Good evening My name is ________ I live in _________ Can I arrange delivery via Aramex shipping company? Of course at my own expense. Payment will also be made through the guarantor Aramex, which acts as a prepayment.

Sent from the mobile version of Aramex Payment ##########

The item has been paid successfully! Forward the link to receive the funds to the seller. To be on the safe side, don’t share the link with anyone else!

Link: ##########

Thanks for being with us
Aramex © 2024

The buyer will then send you a screenshot of what looks like an Aramex post about how delivery works, followed by text similar to the below.

Look, this is a new anti-fraud system - enter your details correctly, confirm the OTP code to the operator and my payment will be reflected in your bank account immediately after that they will contact you Courier and agree on a convenient collection time.

Thank you for your understanding.

The point of this scam is for the ‘buyer’ to gain access to your banking details for cloning purposes. It’s also known as phishing.

When you sell items or services online, be extra vigilant when it comes to payment and delivery.

With payment, if it’s done via EFT, first confirm that the money is in your account before making delivery. Do not accept a proof of payment via email, SMS, or WhatsApp. It’s best to confirm for yourself that the money is in your account before taking the next steps.

When it comes to delivery, make arrangements that you are comfortable with, whether it’s using delivery services of your choice or meeting up at a location that’s safe and public.

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We’ve compiled a blog post on tips to safely sell online. Click/tap here to read it.

It’s better to practice caution, any serious buyer would agree with this.

For more tips on how to spot a scam and what types of scams are out there and how to avoid them, click/tap here.

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