- Delhi Police warns buyers of online fraud
- Delhi Police encouraged people to not make cash payments
- Buyers are advised to meet sellers in person
Many premium devices across the world have a skyrocketing price tag so it is not feasible for many people to buy them. This is the reason why the second-hand smartphone market exists and it is thriving. Popular smartphones like the Apple iPhones, OnePlus devices and the Samsung Note series and other high-end phones are priced above 30-40k and hence not very easy for many customers to buy them. While there are many buyers who sell genuine second-hand products, some online sellers dupe customers. And the crime rate is definitely on the higher side.
Delhi Police has also issued a word of caution regarding the online apps that provide a platform to buy and sell gadgets, smartphones and other things.
In their tweet, Delhi Police listed down a few things that a buyer should keep in mind before buying any product online. They wrote:-
-If someone is in a hurry to sell their smartphone, there are high chances of the phone being stolen and if you buy them or even try to sell them, you can be in a soup.
-If the seller is pressurizing you for cash payment, don't fall for the trap. There will be no online record of the payment that you had made
- Be very careful even when the seller asks you to pay through a QR code because that way there will be no record of whom the money is being paid to.
There are quite a few apps that provide the facility to buy and sell second-hand products online such as the OLX and the Quickr App. While you might always see plenty of sellers selling something as expensive as an iPhone 11 Pro for half the price, be very careful when you select the seller and always meet them in person. Online transactions shouldn't be encouraged in any case.
Not just second-hand devices, some seller groups are also selling high-copies of premium devices such as iPhones and Samsung devices. They might offer you the device for as low as Rs 10k while claiming it to be 100 per cent genuine but when you actually lay your hands on the device, you would get to know the reality.
Some sellers also demand half the money in advance and promise that they will collect the remaining amount on delivery, don't ever fall for those tricks as you would never get the device as promised. There are chances that the seller will block your number after receiving the advance money.
However, there are some verified and genuine sellers in those apps, make sure that you buy stuff only from them whenever you are playing to get a second-hand device.