Internet fraudsters like to use online small ads for their schemes. They are currently trying to entrap TWINT users.
There is a new frequently used scam at the moment involving TWINT on small ad platforms. Instead of sending money, purported potential buyers use the TWINT payment app to send a money request amounting to the amount agreed. Unwary “fast tappers” frequently misinterpret the notification received and accept such a money request. There is then no further contact, and no repayment is made.
Since TWINT is a payment app considered to be reputable and with many verified users which is generally safe to use, transaction partners are generally trusted. Fraudsters though abuse this trust to send sellers a money request instead of a payment.
How to protect yourself:
- You should generally be careful when using small ad platforms, since this is often where fraudsters can be found.
- Check carefully whether you have received a payment or money request in your TWINT app and check the amount plus the recipient when sending money before confirming the transaction.
- Report any such incident and the telephone number of the fraudster involved to the police or the small ad platform operator if necessary.