Police investigate online sales fraud

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Police are reminding Selwyn residents that if a Facebook deal sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t worth the risk.

Police are currently investigating a case involving a man who has potentially scammed at least 11 people by selling goods on social media pages. Senior Sergeant Paul Reeves said the man had allegedly been offering items, such as bikes, for sale throughout Canterbury.

“He is accepting payment and then not delivering the goods,” Senior Sergeant Reeves said. “Too many people have lost hundreds of dollars by handing over money to individuals behaving in this way.”

He said anyone who has been a victim of fraud should contact police.

“Keeping us informed helps us build our intelligence on this form of criminal activity which is very useful during our investigations.

“Police will investigate any reports of fraud but it is particularly difficult to trace false social media accounts.

“Often, those selling these goods are using false accounts, appearing as honest and legitimate people.” says Mr Reeves. Senior Sergeant Reeves said prevention is their number one priority.

“If we can prevent people ever handing over money to these offenders, there will be less incentive for them to continue.

“Buy goods in person or through reputable sites, where you can verify that you are going to get what you are paying for.”

Anyone with any information which may assist police with their ongoing enquiries into fraudulent online sales is asked to contact Christchurch Police on 03 363 7400.

Alternatively, information may be shared anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.