Date Posted
12th Apr 2013

Watch out for TradeMe scams!

Overseas criminals are contacting New Zealanders attempting to hijack their Trade Me accounts. These scammers are posting fake sales listings on Trade Me using a genuine identity obtained fraudulently.

Even today 13th April 2013, people in the Bay of Plenty are receiving emails pretending to be from Trade Me asking for personal details. 

Sun-live reported today:

Trade Me head of trust and safety Jon Duffy says people are receiving emails from a source that looks like Trade Me but it is actually from a scammer using a stolen domain.
“It is called a “phishing send” from a fake email – it has gone out relatively widely from scammers overseas pretending to be part of the Trade Me team,” says Jon.

Firstly they send a phishing email to Trade Me users tempting valid users to click the email links and provide personal details to what they think is a genuine Trade Me enquiry. The scammers get this personal information and use it to log on to these authentic Trade Me accounts and sell fake items on TradeMe.  

Buyers who show interest in the fake sale can only contact the fake seller via email or telephone. Many innocent gullible Kiwi people are being ripped off!


NZ Herald explains further:

The head of Trade Me's security team, Jon Duffy, said none of the website's members had lost money in scams.

"We're pretty good at stopping this sort of thing. Most of our members are based in New Zealand, so a red flag goes up when a foreign IP address is used.

"There are proxies that mask [the true IP address] but we've got good technology to detect that too." explain:

An Auckland man “appeared in a Trade Me blog post from before Christmas and Trade Me's trust and safety manager Jon Duffy said he was one of the most prolific offenders in the history of the website.

Though it was users who were at fault for being drawn into the scam, Duffy said it was still damaging to the brand to be connected with them.”

Protecting yourself from phishing

Trade Me provide very good advice on how to minimise the exposure to this kind of scam:

•Never provide your username or passwords by email.
Neither Trade Me nor your bank will ever ask for this information by email. 
Check the website address you link to.
Make sure the site is the site you want to go to.For Trade Me, the address should always start with Better yet, find the site by typing the company's URL into your browser's address bar.  
Upgrade your browser.
The latest versions of web browsers include anti-phishing features which help point out whether the site you are visiting is legitimate or not. Download the latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome today. 
•Never enter information into forms within email messages.
Before you enter any information check the web address. 
•Check your on-line bank accounts frequently
Make sure all transactions are valid. If they aren't contact your bank or credit card company immediately. 
•Don't respond to pressure.
Phishers use scare tactics, and urgent language to pressure you into submitting confidential data. Don't be fooled. 

Beware of scam emails. Emails can be highly targeted and may attempt to solicit money from members by pretending to offer an item for sale that the member has bid on or asked a question about. View an example scam email.

 Members most at risk of receiving scam emails have an email address that is easy to guess because it matches their user name (e.g. user name 'Tom', email address We strongly advise you change your email address on Trade Me so it is different from your user name


TradeMe Scam Artist

Back in January 2013 an East Auckland man has been hunted by Police for 19 attempts to gain a total of $30,000 from TradeMe users. This fraudster used prospective buyers contact details left in the “Questions & Answer’ section of TradeMe auctions and pretended to be the seller. He contacted the buyers and told lies to get cash out of them. Of course, he was not able to provide the goods.

Warning: Buyers – please don’t leave your personal contact phone details in the Q&A section of a TradeMe auction.


What is the NZ Government doing about TradeMe scams?

NZ Herald reports in Sept 2012:

Ministerial briefing papers obtained by the Weekend Herald under the Official Information Act show that despite the rigorous Trade Me security, the police were concerned that criminals could hide their identities and trade illegally, including by:

•Advertising goods for sale that do not exist, and taking payments.

•Selling stolen property.

•Running small businesses and avoiding tax.

•Selling chemicals that could be dangerous when mixed.

However, the papers said "on-line trading is most vulnerable to identity-based fraud", as there was no requirement under the Second Hand Dealers and Pawnbrokers Act for internet auction sites to make members provide photo identification.

Common identity scams on Trade Me include the use of multiple identities and false information to create accounts. When one identity is shut down, another is created, using an address taken from a phone book in another town.

Trade Me and the police have a close working relationship and signed a memorandum of understanding in 2005 - the first such police agreement with a commercial enterprise - which allows information to be shared under the Privacy Act.

Friendly Web recommends you be careful on the internet. 

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