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10 Feb 2017
New money earner for scammers: PC game vouchers

Scammers are constantly looking for new ways to trick people out of their money, without revealing their identity. Their latest con trick: computer game voucher cards.

One victim of this type of scam recently reported to Fraud Help Desk. He said he had got in touch with the scammer on the leading Dutch e-commerce website Marktplaats.nl.

The man wanted to buy a saxophone and had placed an ad on the site. The response came swiftly and the two agreed a price. The man promised to transfer the money to the seller’s (business) account. After receiving payment, the seller would send the instrument.

GameCardsDirect.nl
Next, the man found out that the money had been transferred to a service linked to GameCardsDirect.nl, a legitimate website registered with the Webshop Trustmark.

The site sells credit for all kinds of computer games and music services. The scammers managed to use the victim’s payment to obtain a code which enabled them to purchase credit for all kinds of computer games, call credit or credit vouchers for online shopping. When the man saw what had happened, he contacted the website, who told him nothing could be done. The money he had paid without the slightest suspicion had been cashed by scammers. The victim lost his money without getting the saxophone.

Other devious methods
Scammers are using many different methods to collect money anonymously. For example, they may tell their victims to pay by Bitcoin (this often happens with fake invoices and ransomware) or by using prepaid online payment methods like PaySafeCard and 3V Voucher.

If you would like to avoid falling victim to scams when visiting websites like Marketplace, then please read the tips on the bottom of this page.

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