Scammers are still operating on the OfferUp marketplace. The scammers will send verification codes to victims and then ask them to return it. They ask for the seller’s phone number and email address to send them messages outside of the App. Beware! It’s a scam. This article explains how OfferUp works and what you can do to avoid it.
Online scams are rampant. We have taken on the responsibility of reviewing online stores, websites and products. We are here to help you avoid being scammed.
OfferUp is an online platform that allows you to sell or buy items. There are no fees or commissions to list items for purchase. Scammers use the platform to defraud customers.
How to Identify an OfferUp Scam?
You will be asked for verification codes if you are asked to verify your post. OfferUp doesn’t ask for verification codes in order to verify posts. Suspection is a sign that you are suspicious of the person.
They can ask for your number or email address to send you messages outside the app. It is best to avoid contacting anyone outside of the messaging system. This APP provides a secure messaging system. You don’t need to provide your phone number or email address to use OfferUp’s messaging platform. This is where many scams start. Politely decline to communicate with the other person and encourage them to continue using the app.
Here’s what you should do about it:
To verify your post, ask for a verification code. Don’t give your code to anyone. Do not respond to any emails sent by them if you have already provided your code.
You can also report unscrupulous websites or scams and tell us why the websites are fraudulent.