Vinted users warned of scam after nine North East victims lose £2,600

Online shoppers are being warned about a scam targeting Vinted users after nine North East victims have come forward - with a total loss of £2,600 so far.

Officers from the North East Regional Organised Crime Unit (NEROCU) are warning of a new scam surfacing on apps and sites like like the online marketplace Vinted, which involves victims trying to retrieve funds after a failed transaction. They are then contacted by a fake ‘Vinted’ chatbot and advised to open a new Revolut account to resolve the issue.

They are told to add money to activate the account so the previous amount can then be retrieved. Once the victim does so, the scammers then remove all the funds from the Revolut account.

A spokesperson for the force said: "Our advice is to stop and take time to assess any situation that involves transferring money or giving personal information to anyone. No genuine site or agency will pressure you to make a decision or transfer money.

"If you have concerns or doubts, close the site or app and open it again from a trusted source to ensure you’re speaking to a legitimate person.

"While NEROCU officers also work with banks and community groups to educate staff and the public around spotting the signs and how to report it, we also need victims to report as soon as they can so police and partners can work together to dismantle frauds.

"For further help and advice, and to report fraud, please visit the Action Fraud website."