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#311283 2-Jan-2024 11:59
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For the past several months we have been getting people arrive to our house, expecting to purchase a cheap matress off us.

 

Apparently, multiple accounts on FB marketplace give my address (as a screenshot from Google Maps) as the address to pick up.

 

The "weird" thing is that these people haven't paid any money, they are expecting to pay cash when they pick up.

 

So there is no real scam as such, just a massive waste of people's time.

 

I have tried reporting a few of the accounts that are sending these messages/ads but never get a response.

 

I guess they use a Google Map image instead of typing my address to maybe avoid a filter (if I could speak to a human to get one in place).

 

Any ideas on how to stop all these confused people coming to my house (maybe once per week!) expecting to buy a cheap matress?


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  #3177080 2-Jan-2024 12:13
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Afraid this is not a new scam but instead a rather common one. They'll provide the address and do an advanced fee scam where they say "You'll need to pay $50 to hold the item as it isn't likely it'll be there if you just go and pick it up" then the scammer just steals money via often money mules based here in New Zealand working for a "Working from home" scam.

 

Facebook Marketplace is full of scams. So many people are involves with scams. The people who arrived at your door have likely been asked to pay to hold the item but been provided your address as "proof" the scammer is local.





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  #3177315 3-Jan-2024 10:53
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michaelmurfy:

 

Afraid this is not a new scam but instead a rather common one. They'll provide the address and do an advanced fee scam where they say "You'll need to pay $50 to hold the item as it isn't likely it'll be there if you just go and pick it up" then the scammer just steals money via often money mules based here in New Zealand working for a "Working from home" scam.

 

Facebook Marketplace is full of scams. So many people are involves with scams. The people who arrived at your door have likely been asked to pay to hold the item but been provided your address as "proof" the scammer is local.

 

 

 

 

Thanks, but I dont think these people have paid anything. They have never told me anything of a holding fee.

 

So there is nothing I can do to stop people coming to my house?

 

Everyone has been good about it, but I'm afraid one say someone won't "get it" and demand their bed or couch or whatever.


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  #3177334 3-Jan-2024 13:38
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Thanks, but I dont think these people have paid anything. They have never told me anything of a holding fee.

 

I've scambaited a whole bunch now. They give the address for pickup first which is just a random address then ask for a holding deposit often stating "there is a whole bunch of interested people so this will secure it for you" - it is always pickup to make it sound more legitimate. The scammer will attempt to push the deposit but if the victim declines this the scammer will basically let them go pick it up. The scammer is almost always based in Nigeria, Africa or India.

 

So there is nothing I can do to stop people coming to my house?

 

Afraid there is nothing you can do here. Be thankful people have not paid in advance for a PS5 or something: https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/300396772/its-a-real-nightmare-business-blamed-for-copycat-scammers-misdeeds

 

Only thing you can do is ask the victim to report it to Facebook.





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  #3177339 3-Jan-2024 15:30
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If I were in your situation then I would be seriously looking at beefing up my home security. Perhaps install a viewing eyepiece in the front door and don't open the door for anyone you don't recognise? 


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  #3177340 3-Jan-2024 15:35
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Have you upset someone and this is payback?


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  #3177384 3-Jan-2024 18:58
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Is Facebook Marketplace really that bad they don't bother controlling this?

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  #3177385 3-Jan-2024 19:00
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gzt: Is Facebook Marketplace really that bad they don't bother controlling this?

 

Yup. Its the wild wild wild wild wild wild wild wild wild wild wild wild wild wild wild wild wild wild wild wild wild wild wild wild wild wild wild wild wild wild west. And there's no sheriffs. 

 

 





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  #3177391 3-Jan-2024 19:09
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gzt: Is Facebook Marketplace really that bad they don't bother controlling this?


It is that bad as pointed out above ^^^

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  #3178893 8-Jan-2024 09:36
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Does anyone have any contacts at Facebook NZ or something? It is becoming more frequent and disruptive to my family's life.

 

 


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  #3178898 8-Jan-2024 09:44
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BLazeD:

 

Does anyone have any contacts at Facebook NZ or something? It is becoming more frequent and disruptive to my family's life.

 

 

@BLazeD You would have more chance of winning lotto than contacting someone in FB


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  #3178908 8-Jan-2024 10:02
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Facebook NZ ? Is that even such a thing ? :D

 

 





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  #3178913 8-Jan-2024 10:23
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That'd require them to pay tax...

Perhaps netsafe may be of some assistance? It might worth getting in touch with them.

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  #3178919 8-Jan-2024 10:54
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BLazeD:

 

Does anyone have any contacts at Facebook NZ or something? It is becoming more frequent and disruptive to my family's life.

 

 

Close your account. No one is forcing you to use it. Or just accept the issues and keep going if it’s that important to you. 





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eracode:

BLazeD:


Does anyone have any contacts at Facebook NZ or something? It is becoming more frequent and disruptive to my family's life.



Close your account. No one is forcing you to use it. Or just accept the issues and keep going if it’s that important to you. 



I really don't think you either read or understand the OPs issue.

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  #3178936 8-Jan-2024 11:58
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Ge0rge: 

I really don't think you either read or understand the OPs issue.

 

I did read it but you but you may be right. I’m assuming he has a FB account. If he closed his account would the issue persist or does it happen without an account?





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