Warning as scammers target people selling items on social media

Posted by: Laura Hammond

Fri 22nd April 2022

Police have issued a warning about a new scam targeting people who sell items on social media.

Derbyshire Constabulary said: “We have been made aware of a recent scam where people have advertised items for sale on social media and the ‘buyer’ has offered to pay via bank transfer.

“When they arrive to collect the item, they show a screenshot of an approved transaction, and say that the money will be in the account in a few hours, however the money is never deposited.

“Anyone selling goods online is asked to check with their banks that any payments have cleared in their accounts before handing over goods.”

Sellers are also advised to accept cash or PayPal as payment methods.

Anyone who believes they have fallen victim to fraud should contact Action Fraud: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/.