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Texas Woman Says Watch Out for Scams on Facebook Marketplace

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When a new way to buy and sell products online opens up, scammers will inevitably join. The relatively new Facebook Marketplace connects buyers with sellers in their area. It’s similar to CraigsList, but it can be a lot more personable due to people’s Facebook profiles being accessible via their listing. But, a North Texas woman wants to warn others about potential scams that could take advantage of buyers.

Donna Smith spoke to CBS DFW about her recent attempt to buy an RV in the Facebook Marketplace. She found a good deal and contacted the seller who said he had to leave the country soon due to a job in the military. After they spoke, the seller said she would be contacted by the Marketplace to finalize details. “And Marketplace went ahead and emailed me turned around and said that we’ll have to purchase five green dot cards through CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, wherever we can get them, call them and give them the numbers off the cards,” she told the news. It was then she realized it was a scam. She checked and saw multiple listings for the same RV and other vehicles with the same story.

If you see suspicious activity on Facebook Marketplace, learn how to report someone here. CNET recommends that buyers and sellers meet up in a public place and take care of the transaction in person, with no money exchanged online.