The FBI’s cyber complaint center has released a report warning about a new scam that targets sellers on online marketplace websites.
According to IC3, this new ploy aims to swindle consumers who sell merchandise on the Internet by generating fake receipts. This receipt generator is an executable file that has been circulating on hacking forums recently, the center said.
The receipt generator asks the would-be victim to disclose information about item name, price and the date the order was taken. As soon as the victim hits “Generate,” an HTML file is created in the program folder.
The program makes what appears to be a legitimate marketplace receipt and a copy of the “Printable Order Summary,” similar to documents resulting from legitimate marketplace purchases. Details, such as “Total before tax” and Sales tax,” make the receipt extra convincing.
According to IC3, many sellers on these online markets will ask the buyer to send them a copy of the receipt in the event of missing orders or any other issues that may arise during or after the web transaction.