First reported: 2020-05-18
Fraud description: This type of fraud begins on Blocket.se, Facebook Marketplace or similar where a buyer contacts the advertiser and asks for the conversation to be handled via e-mail before the seller is there asked to pay shipping fees to a transport company. The seller is told that the amount will be repaid by the scammer before they are instructed to send cryptocurrency to bitcoin or ethereum wallet addresses that appear to be sent to them from PayPal.
How to prevent this type of fraud:
Never buy products or services where the seller asks for payment for shipping fees with cryptocurrency.
When buying cryptocurrency, always deposit the funds directly into your own wallet address, which you control yourself, and make sure that you are the only person who has access to the private key to the wallet.