Play it Safe!
In today’s digital world, the opportunities for sending and receiving unsolicited and inappropriate communications are virtually limitless. Recently, multiple Zibbet sellers and Community members were the recipients of several such communications, commonly referred to as spam. According to Merriam-Webster Online, spam is defined as unsolicited usually commercial e-mail sent to a large number of addresses. Scams, which are fraudulent or deceptive activities, are often part of spamming. Not all spam and scams are trying to “sell” something. In the recent spam activity here on Zibbet and on the Community Hub, the spammers were attempting to collect personal information from members under the guise of wanting to purchase an item or in the offer of friendship.
The Zibbet spam/scam e-mail was initiated using the “Ask seller a question” option for an item and the message copied and pasted from one seller to the next. The messages were sent from a new buyer account opened on the same day that the messages were sent. The message read (e-mail address omitted):
How are you doing today and how was your business also with your family??Am very much interested in making an instant purchase of this item and i will be willing to make payment through Cashier Check or Money order so if you are ready to sell the item for me,let me know the condition of the item and best price of the item as at now…and also get back to me with your full name and physical address not PO BOX so that the payment will be mail out in your name and direct to your address as soon as possible also provide me your phone number…..I will be very glad if you can get back to me with the details requested for the payment to my private email account which is this firstname.lastname@example.org
So you don’t need to worry about the shipping arrangement,i have account with FedEx shipping courier which i am going to make use of and i will be sending FedEx down to your address for picking up the products from you after you have getting the check cash..
The Community message was similar in that it requested that the recipient contact the sender outside the Community using personal contact information. We all send and receive legitimate unsolicited e-mail. However, when you receive e-mail from someone who suddenly appeared on the scene and they are asking for your phone number, mailing address, and/or personal e-mail address, you should immediately be suspicious!
So, what should you do and not do if you receive a suspicious e-mail through either your Zibbet account or your Community Hub account? Immediately report the suspicious e-mail to email@example.com by forwarding the message from your personal e-mail. That way the guys can quickly see exactly what you are seeing and take appropriate action. Do not respond to the suspicious message, especially to or from a non-Zibbet e-mail address. Never give your personal e-mail address or any other contact information to anyone you don’t know, even another Zibbet buyer or seller or Community member. Apply the same common sense to your personal e-mail. Scammers are constantly seeking new ways to frame their fraudulent attempts to take advantage of innocent people. Play it safe!
For more information on how to recognize and avoid falling victim to spammers and scammers check out these informative websites:
With open registration, both on Zibbet and Zibbet’s Community Hub, it’s difficult to prevent future occurrences of spamming. However, Zibbet is working to implement safeguards that will help reduce the chances of this happening again. Working together, we can help to create a safe environment for buying and selling on Zibbet!
Best wishes for much success on Zibbet!