Avoid these latest scams in Hong Kong! We update these safety advisories regularly to share with users what to look out for and how to protect themselves.
If you come across any suspicious accounts, please report it to our team.
- [Oct 2022] Seller - Beware of the rise in cheque scams. When you receive bank transfer payment from buyer, we strongly advise you to check your bank account to ensure the payment is instantly reflected in your available balance. If you are meeting up with the buyer, avoid accepting cheques as payment as there is a risk of the cheque being invalid.
- [🥮Aug 2022] With Mid-autumn Festival around the corner, pay extra attention if you are looking to buy mooncakes / mooncakes vouchers online! We strongly encourage you to only buy from verified sellers with reviews and more selling history. Also, choose meet-up if possible.
- [Jul 2022] Stay alert if you are:
- Buyer who is looking for furniture items - We've noticed scammers who use new accounts to post furniture listings with empty description. They will try to direct you out of Carousell for contact and become uncontactable once the payment is received. Remember always and only communicate within the platform!
- Seller - There's scammers who use new accounts to approach sellers and claim would like to receive the item through delivery. They often direct you out of Carousell for further contact, or instruct you to click on links that resemble Carousell, which ask for your credit card details. Please note that Carousell Protection is not available in Hong Kong and we will never direct you to websites to key in personal information. For more tips on phishing emails or suspicious links claiming to be from Carousell, please refer to here.
- Seller - Beware of the rise in cheque scams. When you receive bank transfer payment from buyer, we strongly advise you to check your bank account to ensure the payment is instantly reflected in your available balance. If you are meeting up with the buyer, try to avoid accepting cheques as payment.
- [Mar 2022] With the early summer holiday, there is typically an increase in scams involving gaming accounts. Always take precaution when purchasing gaming accounts, virtual or tradable in-game items. Check if the seller has a good record of transaction history and avoid making upfront payment to protect yourself!
- [Feb 2022] Be careful when looking for Airpods. We've noticed a group of scammers using newly created accounts to sell Airpods, claiming it's a lucky-draw gift or they no longer need it for specific reasons. The scammers will only accept delivery and become uncontactable once payment is received.
- [Jan 2022] Be careful when dealing with sellers whose accounts are newly created with gibberish usernames (e.g. hdhdhshjd). These scammers usually sell polaroid camera, toys, currency exchange service. Buyers will be asked to make payment via Alipay, only to have the seller becomes uncontactable afterwards.
- [Nov 2021] Don't drop your guard just because it's an old account / long-term seller! We’ve noticed a trend whereby scammers use older accounts to sell items including electronics (e.g. Kindle, Logitech, VR headset), themed park tickets, hobbies & toys. The scammers will initially pretend to be willing to do meet-ups yet to have them cancelled with excuses and suggest delivery instead. The recipient last name is often specific and non-local such as "JIANG", "XIU", "ZHANG" etc,.
- When it comes to luxury items, be extra alert if the product is brand new, claimed authentic yet significantly cheaper than the market price -- it's probably too good to be true! Ask the seller more questions before you proceed to purchase.