More FB Marketplace fraud, this time from New Zealand
07 Apr 2017
If Facebook thought that its new Marketplace app might be immune of the kind of scams and fraud that have plagued more established buy-and-sell sites, such as Craigslist and Kijiji, over the years, the last few months have proved decidedly otherwise.
Nearly from the start, reports of trouble have surfaced at Facebook Marketplace. We shared some of those stories – including a string of robberies and items never delivered – back in December.
The latest grumblings come from New Zealand, where the website Stuff said local police have warned shoppers to “take extra care, after several complaints of swindled money and the sale of stolen goods were made”.
Nelson Police crime prevention Senior Sergeant John Price said, there were no checks and balances in place to protect New Zealand shoppers on Facebook Marketplace and some people had found themselves out of pocket. “You just put something up and someone makes an offer. You don’t even have to have an identity,” he said.
Perhaps Facebook Marketplace needs to appoint its own version of Craig Newmark, the well-known founder of Craigslist, but whose official title at the company remains “Customer service representative.”