If you have ever used Zelle as a form of payment, then you know how easy and convenient it can be. It allows you to transfer money from your bank account straight into another friend’s or family member’s bank account when you need to pay them back for something. It could also allow you to quickly purchase something from someone else if they are using sites like Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, or another local sales app to sell something. However, scammers know just how easy it is to use Zelle to steal your money just with one simple transfer. That is why it is important to watch out for these annoying Zelle scams.
Zelle Scams To Watch Out For
People purchase items, such as tickets, puppies, or other items sold on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist using a Zelle transfer. Scammers sell either faulty or fake products to try and steal people’s money via Zelle purchases. The scammer then convinces the buyer to Zelle them the money before the purchaser even gets the chance to see the product. The buyer agrees and uses Zelle to transfer the money to the scammer. Once the scammer has the money, they block the victim and the victim is left without their purchase.
Scammers could also fake or faulty products to lure their victims in. The victim meets up with the scammer in person to purchase the item, and they pay the scammer for it using Zelle. However, once they go to use the product, they realize that it doesn’t work or it’s a cheaper quality item than they thought it was.
Another thing a scammer could do is sell you fake ticket codes on the internet or in person for an event. They ask for you to use Zelle transfer to pay them and then they give you the fake ticket. However, you don’t know it’s a fake ticket until you show up at the venue and your ticket gets denied.
Hacking Into Zelle Scam
A scammer calls their victims, pretending to be their bank. They claim that their account was about to be hacked into and they need to verify the victim’s identity. The code for the victim’s Zelle gets sent via text message to their phone, due to the scammer requesting it. The victim reads the scammer the code, thinking that it’s their bank when really the scammer is going to use that code to hack into her Zelle account. Through Zelle, the scammer is then able to transfer the victim’s money into their bank account.
How to Avoid Zelle Scams
- Don’t give anyone the code to your Zelle account sent via text message.
- Don’t give anyone any of your personal information.
- Don’t pay for anything via Zelle without testing out and examining the product in-person first.
- Don’t pay for a ticket if it isn’t from a verified website, such as StubHub or TicketMaster.
- Don’t pay for a puppy unless you are in-person picking the puppy up.
Social Catfish is Here to Help You!
At Social Catfish, we want to help you verify the identities of those who might seem suspicious to you. If you have their name, email address, phone number, social media username, or image, you can reverse search and see who the suspected person was that you’ve been in contact with if you think you’ve been a victim of Zelle scams.