CIB warns of escalating selection of on the web purchasing consumer ripoffs

Taipei, Jan. 23 (CNA) The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) on Sunday issued a warning to the public just after determining an rising number of on line buying cons involving customers fairly than sellers as had earlier been the norm.

In a push release, the CIB reported that in the previous scammers have typically use the anonymous nature of the online to rip off unsuspecting buyers.

In 2021, a total of 5,667 on the internet purchasing cons were being noted to the law enforcement with victims cheated out of about NT$300 million (US$10.82 million).

In modern months, having said that, there has been a visible maximize in on-line sellers becoming ripped off by men and women who fake to be potential buyers, according to CIB.

For occasion, an online seller surnamed Wang (王) in New Taipei advised the law enforcement that she was contacted on line by a self-claimed “buyer” who needed to invest in the solutions she marketed on-line but claimed to be not able to do so due to the fact of technological complications.

The scammer later asked Wu to scan a QR code to facilitate the payment in question. Right after Wang clicked on the QR code, she was requested to fill in personal info together with her cellphone range and credit history card selection.

Alternatively of getting the payment from the self-claimed consumer, Wang stated she later on identified the scammer had withdrawn NT$23,000 from her bank account, in accordance to the CIB.

A further man surnamed Hsiao (蕭) who lives in Taoyuan encountered a similar scam when he was defrauded out of NT$76,240 by a scammer who allegedly desired to buy items he offered on-line, it extra.

The CIB has warned the community to be vigilant more than this sort of fraud and not to scan QR codes sent by anyone they do not know.

Any individual who encounters this kind of a suspicious problem really should phone 165 to speak to the Anti-Fraud and Net Fraud Hotline, the CIB extra.