Scammers are making gold through Bizum with this simple trick, and you should be careful, especially if you’re selling things on second-hand pages.
Thanks to Bizum, we can make transactions with friends, family or anyone in a magically simple way, but sometimes it is so easy to make these kinds of transactions that they can also cause us some bad luck if we do the confirmation of the message correctly to complete the transaction.
It is a trick that hackers and scammers have been using for quite some time, and it is to take advantage of the seller’s rush to scam him by sending him a request for money for the same agreed amount.
So much so that the National Police have been forced to intervene on social networks such as Twitter to talk about this scam stating that “receipt of money is not the same as request for receipt of money”, pointing out that when in doubt it is better to cancel.
In this deception, scammers basically go to second-hand websites, see an item that interests them, and then contact the seller to say they will pay via bizum.
In #bizum RECEIVING money is not the same as REQUEST to receive money ? When in doubt ? cancel And if you are a victim or witness of a crime ? report it#IfIt’sNotSafeIt’sNotTrade@LegalitasFunda pic.twitter.com/L217FB9ns8
– National Police (@police) November 19, 2022
The seller accepts, but what he receives is a request to receive money instead of an income itself, and they do so with the same amount that the seller asks. In this case, if the seller messageyou probably confirm the transaction and lose your money.
There is little you can do if you fall for the scam.
This way, if you fall for this scam, you have no choice but to go straight to the National Police to report it, and you should also go to your bank to try and file a claim.
But since Bizum currently doesn’t refund these amounts in cases like this where the seller doesn’t read the message carefully, you’d practically lose the money.
For this type of online transaction, you should use your common sense and read all messages carefully to avoid falling for this type of scam where the seller is urged to accept a transaction that is actually a request of money.