Used Item Recycling Scam

Modified on Thu, 06 Jun 2024 at 02:53 PM

Scammers set up fake profiles or pages on social media platforms, presenting themselves as reputable used items recycling centers. They post attractive advertisements offering good prices for items such as used clothes and furniture, promise convenient door-step collection services. 

Once potential victims show interest, scammers engage with them through messages or comments, convincing them of the authenticity of their service. To make the arrangement appear more professional, the scammers will send the victim an .APK (Application Packaging Kit) file or a link to install an unverified app to schedule the door-step collection. This app is usually designed to steal personal information or infect the victim's device with malware. Learn more about APK fraud here. 

How to spot a Used Item Recycling Scam 

  • Lack of Contact Information: A legitimate company will provide verifiable contact details, including a physical address and customer service number. Suspicious entities often lack this transparency. 
  • Too Good to Be True: If the offer seems too good to be true, it probably is. Extremely high prices for used items should raise a red flag. 
  • Suspicious link or .APK file: Scammer will always share a URL or .APK file and prompt victim to download a third-party app. 
  • Payment Requests: Be cautious if the company asks for payment details for a service that should be free or low-cost. Legitimate recycling programs usually do not require upfront payments. 

Things to keep in mind:

  • Use Official Channels: Engage with recycling services through official websites or verified apps. Avoid deciding through social media platforms alone. 
  • Install Security Software: Use reliable security software on your devices to detect and block malicious apps and websites. 
  • Be Skeptical: Avoid trusting offers that appear overly generous or unrealistic. 
  • Report Suspicious Activity: If you encounter a suspected scam, report it to the relevant authorities and the social media platform. This helps protect others from falling prey to the same scam. 
  • Educate Others: Spread awareness among friends and family about such scams. The more people know, the harder it is for scammers to succeed. 

To report this issue, please get in touch with us. 

Rest assured that CelcomDigi is actively taking measures to ensure our customers do not fall prey to such scams.

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