OREM, Utah – A man was cautioning others Tuesday about an emerging scam targeting online classified listings and potentially other e-commerce sites.
Mike Johnson said he posted a small smart home device on KSL Classifieds for $20 and was initially pleased when he got a response via text just five minutes later.
“Someone said, ‘Hey is this available?’ and I said, ‘Yes,’ because I was like, ‘Sweet, I want my $20,’” Johnson said.
What initially looked like an easy sale suddenly grew more complicated.
“Then they said, ‘We want to give you a code to make sure you’re not a scammer because we don’t want to do business with scammers,’” Johnson said.
When Johnson received the code, however, something looked familiar — it was from a phone number where he had received other two-factor authentication codes from his Gmail account.
It suddenly all clicked — the person who texted him was a …