Facebook Marketplace scam

Police are advising you to aware of scammers when buying items from Facebook Marketplace.

Details of the scam

A member of the public recently attempted to buy a watch from a male from Dungannon for £60.

The member of the public transferred the money directly into the criminals bank account.

The watch never arrived and was posted up for sale again a few days later.   

What should you do

To avoid being a victim of a scam:

  • be careful when transferring money directly to people's bank accounts
  • make use of secure payment methods such a PayPal
  • pay attention to seller reviews: they often tell an accurate story

If an incident like this has happened to you, report it:

  • online to Action Fraud 
  • telephone 0300 123 2040
  • call police on the non-emergency number 101

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