Beware of Scams on HK Classifieds Sites



ORIGINAL POST
Posted by RR 2 mths ago
  • Do not transact with anyone who is using Paypal, Western Union, etc.
  • Always test appliances and electronics before paying for them
  • Do no transact with anyone who is not physically located in Hong Kong
  • Always inspect goods before paying for them
  • If you see suspicious behaviour, please copy the ad and email it to info@asiaxpat.com

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COMMENTS
RR 2 mths ago
Over the years our team has strived to keep scammers from accessing our website, but there are still some who slip past our security measures.

So we've set-up this platform to inform users of how these scams are carried out.
 
  • Overseas
Some scammers may pretend to be interested in purchasing your item, but they will mention that they are currently working overseas and has a courier company that can pick up the item swiftly so you won't have to worry about sending the item to them.
 
If this is what you've encountered, then please send our team an email to report this scam.
 
  • Bank Payments/ Wire transfers
Some scammers will pretend to send you money as proof of purchasing your item and you will receive a seemingly believable email from a bank/wire transfer company with your details. In order for the so-called payment to come through, they will ask you to send some money to cover the wire transfer fee.
 
If this is what you've encountered, then please send our team an email to report this scam.
 
  • Whatsapp
Some scammers will contact you directly via Whastapp if you have provided your number on your ad and pretend to be interested in purchasing your item. But they are located Overseas and will arrange payment by Bank/Wire Transfer as mentioned in the first 2 point above.
 
If this is what you've encountered, then please send our team an email to report this scam. 
 
  • Defective Products
Some scammers would post defective appliances/gadgets on the website. When you test these items, the products appear to be in good working condition. After a few days the item will stop working.
 
If this is what you've encountered, then please send our team an email to report this scam.
 
  • Fraud
Some users will post items on our site and provide you with incorrect contact information and/or address on purpose.
 
If this is what you've encountered, then please send our team an email to report this scam.
 
 
If your experience was different from the abovementioned examples, please feel free to list them here to keep all our users informed!
 
Sincerely,
The AsiaXPAT Team 

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Ed 2 mths ago
In recent weeks, we have experienced a huge increase in scam activity on the AsiaXPAT classifieds channel. 
 
We attribute this to the Covid crisis.   Huge numbers of people in poor countries, many with IT skills, have no work and are locked down.   
 
They are desperate and without a doubt some of them are turning to one of the few options that they have to make money.  
 
Please be sure to read the information above carefully and follow the instructions to ensure you do not get ensnared in one of these scams.
 
 
 

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euro4christ 2 mths ago
Thank you for the information

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