Posted: Wed 16th Nov 2022

“Sharp increase” in Facebook Marketplace fraud sees residents lose thousands of pounds

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Nov 16th, 2022


Campaign Advert

North Wales Police have issued a warning about a “sharp increase” in Facebook Marketplace fraud.

With Christmas fast approaching many will be choosing to shop online to find the best deals.

However sites such as Facebook Marketplace can be targeted by fraudsters, who will claim to have made a payment for items despite no transaction taking place.

North Wales Police have now issued a warning after residents reported losses of £4270 over the weekend.

This includes victims paying large deposits or making full payment direct into the suspects bank account, for goods that are never received.

In one instance a large deposit was made for an item and, when the victim attended the address provided to make collection, the elderly occupants were unaware of the sale and the victim was left out of pocket.

People selling items have also been targeted by criminals. Fraudsters posing as buyers arrived at the victim’s house to collect an item and claimed they had made payment using an online banking app.

The suspects were handed the item and left, but the funds were never received by the victim as the banking app was fake.

A spokesperson for North Wales Police said: “We would urge people to be cautious when using Facebook Marketplace as there is little chance of being reimbursed if the worst happens.

“When buying items, we would advise to carry out transactions face to face where possible, using cash or payment services, such as Paypal, where a level of protection is offered.

“If you need to report any fraudulent activity, contact Facebook to report the account, the Action Fraud website, via the North Wales Police website or by calling 101.”

Spotted something? Got a story? Send a Facebook Message | A direct message on Twitter | Email: [email protected]
Latest News

  • Flintshire councillor accused of abusing power to get sandbags for family during flooding
  • Flintshire Council committee set to consider if rule prohibiting Councillors from ‘seeking sexual favours’ is required
  • Olympic Games: Flint High School cheers on Jade Jones for Paris 2024

  • More...

    Flintshire councillor accused of abusing power to get sandbags for family during flooding

    News

    Flintshire Council committee set to consider if rule prohibiting Councillors from ‘seeking sexual favours’ is required

    News

    Olympic Games: Flint High School cheers on Jade Jones for Paris 2024

    News

    Bailey Hill: Step back in time at Mold’s Medieval Day

    News

    Mancot burst water main expected to be fixed by 2pm, says Welsh Water

    News

    M56 resurfacing near Manchester Airport to start on June 10

    News

    Shotton property conversion to 5-bedroom HMO proposed

    News

    Food inflation returns to ‘normal levels’

    News

    Julian shines in first race for Deestriders

    News