Facebook Marketplace is the most used site by scammers, Natwest reveals with Instagram, eBay and Gumtree making top four ahead of Black Friday

  • Social networking sites are most popular for fraudsters and scammers
  • NatWest research comes as shoppers flock online for Black Friday sales
  • Bank collected data on reported scams between September 1 and November 22
  • More than 1,000 scams were reported on Facebook Marketplace alone










Facebook Marketplace is the most used site by scammers, NatWest has revealed, with Instagram, eBay and Gumtree making up the top four ahead of Black Friday

Research carried out by the bank has found social networking sites are the most commonly targeted by scammers.

Facebook’s buying and selling site was the most reported for scams in Britain, according to data collected between September 1 and November 22, followed by Instagram.

The report comes as shoppers are expected to flock online for Black Friday, one of the busiest online shopping times of the year, to take advantage of discounts and sales ahead of Christmas.

eBay is also popular with scammers and was ranked third, with advertisement and community website Gumtree in fourth, NatWest said. 

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