Scams: Vinted, Leboncoin… these 6 tips to spot internet scams!

Scammers today are smarter than ever. They fill the digital world and find many schemes to get your wallet under your nose. Sales sites to make good deals between individuals like Leboncoin and Vinted, are not included in their field of vision. It’s not just buyers who are affected. Many sellers have been duped by these Internet scammers. how identify them and prevent scams ? The answer in a few lines.

It’s hard to spot scams on second-hand sales sites

the scams and disputes resulting in a large number of online sales sites between individuals such as Leboncoin or Vinted.

Mireille Bougeard, a retiree living in Besançon just fell victim to it in Vinted. He was supposed to buy a virtual reality headset for 250 euros on the site when it didn’t arrive. When he examined the details of the photo package, he realized the trap:

“I saw that it was delivered, but four days before the sale and to a different address. The seller gave me a fake packing slip,” he said.

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saleswoman the image of an earlier package should have been changed has been sent to make the retiree believe that the package is his.

However, social networks bring many cases like this. Médiamétrie is said to be one of the two buyers would have been a victim of these dishonest maneuvers. To prevent these scams, many online sales platforms have created secure payment systems. This involves blocking the payment until the buyer of the product confirms the receipt of the package.

Unfortunately, some are unscrupulous buyers This system is exploited to avoid paying vendors. Contacted on the occasion of these problems, Vinted responded:

“We have also noticed in some cases where the seller may be defrauded by the buyer. »

This is also the case with Leboncoin, when Scammers create false confirmations to pay to receive something free from them.

Sarah Tayeb, director of sales at eBay, agrees managing disputes and securing purchases remains a “daily challenge”. He further admitted that “the great difficulty is always to understand which side has bad faith”.

How to avoid scams?

According to Sarah Tayeb, “Creativity there is no limit to these scams “. Here are the most common scams, with their solutions.

The questionable profile

Before proceeding with a transaction, always check the authenticity of the profile. Whether on the part of the buyer or the seller, the average of the ratings will give you an idea of ​​the seriousness of the individual.

Be careful though:

  • Notices and reports of false or misleading descriptions
  • A seller profile, but very new.
  • Shipping problems: cancellations, delays, etc.
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misleading images

Some sellers intended to show blurry photos. A misguided buyer sometimes receives an item that is damaged or too small, etc.

To avoid this scheme,

  • Look on the label to see if it’s the right brand or the right size.
  • Watch the quality of the photos. Does its meaning prevent you from seeing the picture clearly? Is the object shown from different angles?
  • Ask for more photos or exact measurements if you are unsure of a product’s appearance.


for’avoid paying more for a disguised productstudying photography may not be enough.

To avoid this:

  • Compare the photo of the item with the official photo.
  • Look among the brand’s products. Do they look real?
  • See customer reviews.
  • Post a photo on the site’s forum so connoisseurs can help you.

Something disagreeable

This fraud is more on the part of the buyer. He pays for the product. When he received it, he declared on the site that it was “non-compliant” so that’s it the platform blocks the payment. At the end of it all, the seller loses the item and the sale.

To protect yourself from this scam, take the best precautions to prove, if necessary, your good faith.

  • The photos in your articles should be of good quality
  • Specify the defects in the article, if any.
  • Check the buyer’s profile: is he suspicious? How are the reviews? If in doubt, you can cancel the sale.
  • Always take a photo or video of the product during packaging to verify compliance.


Also called phishing, phishing messaging manipulation (email or SMS) which consists of imitating the official messaging system of Leboncoin or Vinted. The purpose of the criminals is to obtain the user’s personal information by transferring the user’s trust to the Internet. They capture data such as user ID, credit card number, etc. to resell it to other malicious individuals.

To avoid scams, it is necessary to know above that during the updates made on these sites, they are the last will never ask you for your personal information. To make sure it’s a message from the site, know that:

  • Team messages will always come from the same profile.
  • Identify team profiles on the site by their badge.
  • No other channel than the site’s messaging service will be used.

Scams: what to do if you are a victim?

If you victim of delivery scamhere’s what to do:

  • Check the Info Escroqueries of the Ministry of the Interior to know the right steps, at number 0 805 805 817.
  • Contact the delivery company.
  • Contact your bank to stop the payment or to get a refund.
  • Report your case on the Perceval platform of the Ministry of the Interior, if there is a fraudulent debit on your bank card.
  • Keep a record of all your dealings with the scammer to show the authorities.
  • File a complaint with the competent authorities.

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