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Phantom goods scams
« on: Saturday, 01 July, 2017 @ 01:56:25 »
Consumers urged to watch out for ‘phantom goods’ scams
The number of online scams involving fake goods has risen 17 per cent this year, Citizens Advice has warned

A growing number of people are being caught out by “phantom goods” scams, according to the Citizens Advice consumer service.

New figures show a 17% rise in people conned into buying things – often high value items like cars and flights – which turn out not to exist. The average loss for these scams is now £1,100.

Fraudsters are advertising items at cut prices on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram, and online marketplaces such as Gumtree and Ebay. Scammers will also post fake customer reviews to boost their credibility.