Brianna was excited after she thought she had made a deal to sell the popular clothing. Moments later, she realized that $4,000 had been stolen in a sophisticated scam

A nursing student has revealed how someone posing as a buyer at a thrift store managed to steal $4,000 in a sophisticated online scam.

After recently moving to university, Brianna Ireland wanted to sell her spare tops, pants and gym clothes to make some money, so she decided to list them on Depop – the popular online marketplace for popular clothes.

The 19-year-old said she liked the eco-friendly idea of ​​consigning items and was contacted by her first buyer in early May, not long after her page was set up and despite still not knowing how the process worked.

The buyer, known as Sarah, messaged Brianna and told her she needed to include her email address on her Depop profile page in the ‘my website’ field as the site’s checkout required this information.

“I was so excited to be able to sell clothes, I just didn’t think anything of it… I was so caught up in the moment,” Brianna told 7Life.

Student Brianna Ireland listed some popular clothing items on Depop, but a hacker posing as a buyer scammed her.

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Depop said a «buyer» hacked a real user account and then emailed Ms Ireland a fake sales verification form

The «buyer» then told her to watch for a confirmation email in her inbox to greenlight the sale.

The email appeared soon after and contained a «purchase verification» link which took Ms Ireland to the «legitimate» Depop website with the customer’s details including the delivery address, their email and phone number.

The website asked her to add her bank details so she could be paid.

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Ms Ireland said she should have noticed a «red flag» at this point as she had already entered her PayPal details to Depop, but dismissed it saying «maybe my PayPal account wasn’t working for whatever reason».

She said that after entering her bank details, the website appeared to freeze and then told her there was an error and a chatbot appeared asking her if she had another bank account it could try.

“At that point I was extremely confused as to why he was asking me that, and then it hit me.

A frantic Ms Ireland checked her bank account and found that a withdrawal of $529.22 had just been made to Denmark-based ‘Bitinvestor’.

She immediately rang her bank and waited for five minutes, which was when the scammer tried to make another withdrawal.

Ms Ireland was in tears as she spoke to the staff member who quickly froze her account.

Another $3,500 was raised.

The nursing student said she would still use the site
Ms Ireland said she dismissed the red flags as laziness

The nursing student said she dismissed red flags like bad grammar as laziness, but the experience didn’t deter her from using the site again

But there was good news, the employee told her they caught the second payment so quickly they were able to stop the transaction.

The initial payment of $529 has already been made and is non-refundable.

«I’m so thankful I called the bank when I did, otherwise the payment wouldn’t have gone back into my account and they would have drained my bank account for sure,» she said.

After reporting the scam to Depop, Ms Ireland said she was told a fraudster had hacked into someone else’s real account to pretend to be a buyer.

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In retrospect, the full-time student said there were other indicators she should have picked up on, such as bad grammar she assumed was just laziness and the domain from which the sales verification email was sent, which she didn’t carefully check .

She said she learned her lesson and still uses Depop, but is much more careful when using the site and talking to buyers.

A Depop spokesperson said the site has extensive safeguards in place to block fraud and fraudulent behaviour.

“Our in-app payment systems are designed specifically to keep users safe, and legitimate payments on Depop will only ever be accepted within the app or

«Unfortunately, as peer-to-peer marketplaces become more popular, fraudsters are using increasingly sophisticated methods to encourage consumers to make payments outside of secure platforms – a problem across the industry.»

«We strongly advise consumers who buy and sell anywhere online to never share personal information with other users, to be very careful when following links to other sites, and to report any suspicious behavior.»

The company recommends using only the original Depop app or website to communicate with buyers or input information.

The real site is and the real emails will be from the domain, the company said.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Depop for further comment.

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