Scams: Vinted, Leboncoin... These are 6 tips for spotting Internet scams!

Scams: Vinted, Leboncoin… These are 6 tips for spotting Internet scams!

Scammers today are smarter than they used to be. They have spread into the digital world and found Several schemes to extract your wallet under your nose. Selling sites to make good deals between individuals such as Leboncoin and Vinted, are not out of their field of view. Buyers are not the only ones affected. Many sellers have been scammed by these online scammers. How Get to know them and thwart their scams ? The answer is in a few lines.

Looking for scams is tough on used sales sites

The Tricks and disputes This results in large numbers on online retail sites such as Leboncoin or Vinted.

Mireille Bogerd, retired living in Besançon I just fell victim to it in Vinted. She was going to buy a virtual reality headset for 250 euros on the site when it never arrived. When I checked the package details in the photo, I understood the trap:

“I saw it had already been delivered, but four days before the sale and to another address. The seller gave me a fake packing slip.”

Source: Pexel

the seller It would change the image of the previous package It was already sent so that the retiree thought the package was hers.

However, social networks collect several such cases. Médiamétrie allegedly claimed that one buyer out of two He will be a victim of these dishonest maneuvers. In order to combat these scams, many online selling platforms have set up secure payment systems. This consists of withholding payment until the buyer of the product confirms receipt of the package.

Unfortunately, some Unscrupulous buyers Take advantage of this system to avoid paying sellers. Ventide called to mark these problems, and he replied:

“We have also noted for some time a number of cases where a buyer can deceive a seller.”

This is also the case on Leboncoin, when Scammers made false assertions To pay in order to receive an item without paying them.

Sarah El-Tayeb, Sales Director at eBay, agrees Dispute management and procurement insurance It remains a “daily challenge”. She would even admit that “often the great difficulty lies in understanding which side there is bad faith”.

How do you avoid scams?

According to Sarah El-Tayeb, “Creativity There is no limit to these tricks Here are the most common scams with solutions to them.

suspicious profile

Before proceeding with the transaction, Always check the authenticity of the profile. Whether it’s on the buyer or seller’s side, average ratings give you an idea of ​​the individual’s seriousness.

Beware though:

  • Notices and reports of fraud or misleading descriptions
  • Seller profile, but very recent.
  • Sending problems: cancellations, delays, etc.
Source: Pexel

misleading images

some sellers Displaying blurry images on purpose. Therefore, sometimes misleading buyer will receive damaged or too small item, etc.

To avoid this trick,

  • Look for the label to see if it’s the right brand or the right size.
  • Beware of the image quality. Does identifying these prevent you from seeing the picture clearly? Is the item viewed from different angles?
  • Ask for more pictures or exact measurements if you’re not sure how the product will look.


in order to’Avoid paying more for a compelling producta study of the image may not be enough.

To avoid this:

  • Compare the item’s image to the official image.
  • Search the brand’s products. Does it look authentic?
  • See customer reviews.
  • Post the photo in the site’s forum so that experts can help you.

Incompatible item

This fraud is more on the buyer’s side. pays for the product. When he receives it, he declares to the site that it is “incompatible” so that The platform can block payment. At the end of all this, the seller loses the item and sells.

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

  • Your article images must be of high quality
  • Indicate defects in the article, if any.
  • Check buyer profile: fishy? How are the reviews? If in doubt, you can cancel the sale.
  • Always take a photo or video of the product at the time of packing to demonstrate compliance.


Also called phishing, it is phishing Message manipulation (email or SMS) which consists of simulating the official messaging system of Leboncoin or Vinted. The aim of the criminals is to obtain the personal information of the user by deflecting the trust of the Internet user. They take data like user ID, credit card number, etc. for resale to other malicious individuals.

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

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

Deception: What to do if you are a victim?

if I were Victim of delivery scamHere’s what to do:

  • Check with the Home Office Info Escroqueries for the correct steps, at 0805805817.
  • Contact the delivery company.
  • Contact your bank to stop the payment or for a refund.
  • Report your case on the Perceval platform of the Ministry of the Interior, in case of fraudulent debiting of your bank card.
  • Keep all your dealings with the fraudster to show the authorities.
  • Submit a complaint to the competent authorities.

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