Classifieds, although slowly taken over by online marketplaces, are still an alternative for buyers to find Christmas gifts at special prices. Since classified platforms/adverts do not facilitate payments, they are also a perfect place for fraudsters to find and attract victims.
Participants of the large-scale Classiscam
scheme publish so-called "bait lots.” These adverts are aimed at different target groups by selling goods at deliberately low prices.
The buyers interested in a bargain contact the seller through the internal chat of the service. The "seller" offers to continue the discussion about the purchase and delivery of goods in one of the popular instant messengers, allegedly for the client’s convenience.
Instead, the scammer deliberately takes the buyer to a third-party platform so that the security service can't track him down and interfere with the “deal.”
Usually, scammers do not stop there and continue to deceive. For example, they claim that transaction can't be completed for various reasons and offer to issue a refund, during which money is repeatedly debited from the victim's card.