OfferUp is a popular app for buying and selling used items, and millions of people use the app to transfer used items. But if it’s so popular, does this mean scams don’t exist on the platform? Or can you get scammed on OfferUp despite its popularity? Let’s break it down.
Can you get scammed on OfferUp?
Yes — just like any other secondhand platform, there is always a possibility that you can get scammed. Because it’s a peer-to-peer platform, scammers can run rampant. But if you know what scams to look for and how they present themselves, you can protect yourself against OfferUp scams.
What types of scams are on OfferUp?
1. The “Too Good to Be True” Scam: This is when a seller offers an item at an unusually low price, often too low to be believable. They may also claim that the item is new or in mint condition, even if it’s clearly not. If an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.
2. The “Bait and Switch” Scam: This is when a seller offers one item but then tries to switch you to a different, more expensive item once you’ve expressed interest. They may try to claim the original item was sold or was never available in the first place. Be aware of this scam and don’t let yourself be talked into anything you’re not interested in.
3. The “Payment Processing” Scam: This is when a seller asks you to pay via PayPal, Venmo, or another payment app outside of OfferUp’s built-in payment system. They may say that this is for their own protection or because they don’t have access to OfferUp payments. Do not agree to pay outside of the app! OfferUp offers buyer protection if you use their payment system, but if you pay externally there’s no way to get your money back if the item never arrives.
Avoiding scams on OfferUp (or any other online marketplace) is all about being informed and being cautious. By following these simple guidelines, you can buy and sell on OfferUp with confidence.