Local Police and Crime Stoppers want to remind the public to be vigilant when buying or selling online. Police have seen an increase in scams specifically related to Facebook Marketplace.
How can you tell if someone is scamming you on Facebook Marketplace? You may be dealing with a scammer if you spot any of the following red flags:
- A buyer or seller with a brand new profile or without a Facebook profile photo.
- A too-good-to-be-true price for a high-ticket item.
- A buyer wanting to pay by gift card or send you a prepaid shipping label.
- A buyer who “accidentally” overpays for an item or wants to pay quickly.
- A seller or buyer requesting personal information from you, such as your phone number or email address or wishing to communicate with you outside of Facebook.
How can you keep yourself safe when dropping off or picking up purchases?
- Use cash or e-transfer at the time of pick up only
- Bring a friend or family member with you
- Always meet in a public place
- Trust your instincts
Never give out any personal information
Locating these scammers is a difficult if not impossible task for the police.
Always remember “Buyer Beware” and avoid becoming a victim to these scams.
Sarnia Lambton Crime Stoppers is an anonymous program to report information on criminal activity and can be reached at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.p3tips.com. If you are a victim you must call the police and report the incident to them.