On Your Side: Online shopping app scam

Published: Jul. 18, 2019 at 5:27 PM CDT
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For years, On Your Side has warned you about the scams on online buying and selling websites. Now a young viewer tells us, the crooks are on even on apps too.

Jordyn Martin used the app OfferUp. It's similar to Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. She thought she bought a used iPhone X for $200. She waited months for her phone to arrive. It didn't, but then she got a text about it.

It was from a so-called agent with an image of her receipt from that phone purchase.

She was told the buyer got in trouble for stealing and her customers could get $30,000 in compensation.

"I was like holy cow. I almost started crying and stuff," said Martin.

She was instructed to pay for the shipping. She'd have to wire money.

Martin told her mother. Her mother, told her the truth.

"I could use it to pay off my debt. I could use it to move out. I could use it to start my life. So it's pretty heart breaking," said Martin.

In this situation, crooks kept Martin's number for weeks. Then the swindler faked a settlement fund. Real settlements take years.

Remember, as we always suggest, if you're buying something on online, meet in person. Pick a safe, well-lit area and use cash. A lot of police stations have a specific spot for those exchanges.