Police Advise Caution Buying Items On Facebook

Jul 26, 2017
2028 Views

Southern Police have noticed a significant increase in the number of people advertising items through Facebook, with no intention of supplying the goods to the purchaser.

The sellers use an alias, either by giving a false name or an unregistered company to advertise the goods.

Often sellers communicate only through Facebook with the buyer, who will then deposit cash or funds into an account without actually speaking to, or confirming the identity of, the person they are giving the money to.

Expensive iPhones or vehicle parts are the most frequent goods advertised and some purchases been worth thousands of dollars.

“Using sites that are not reputable to purchase goods can be risky, especially if you don’t first verify the seller’s identity,” says Senior Constable Darryn Buist, of the Otago Coastal Proactive Safety Team.

If you think about it, you wouldn’t leave hundreds of dollars in your letterbox for someone you have never meet or seen, on a promise they may or may not return someday with your goods”

“We recommend buying off reputable businesses such as Trademe as they offer a greater level of protection, but if you are using a non-reputable site like Facebook then make sure to confirm their identity before completing the sale”

“You can do this by asking the seller for their cell phone number and ringing them to confirm the purchase, as well as asking their full name”

“If it’s a significant amount of money, have a bank cheque made out to their full name as this can only go into their named account and will prove the identity of the seller or their respective account if they scam you”

“If you suspect a seller may not be legitimate, do not complete the purchase and report the matter to your local Police Station”.

You may be interested

Lakes District Hospital Staff To Be Tested Following Positive COVID-19 Test
Covid-19, News
878 views
Covid-19, News
878 views

Lakes District Hospital Staff To Be Tested Following Positive COVID-19 Test

News Desk - Mar 30, 2020

Southern DHB is testing 36 staff and undertaking extensive cleaning of Lakes District Hospital, following notification that a nurse has…

Southland Covid-19 Cases Now At Fourteen
Covid-19, News
7073 views
Covid-19, News
7073 views

Southland Covid-19 Cases Now At Fourteen

News Desk - Mar 30, 2020

SDHB is now providing the location of each case down to Territorial Authority (TA level). More specific locations will not…

Watch: Covid-19: PM Jacinda Ardern Update – 30th March
Covid-19, News
571 views
Covid-19, News
571 views

Watch: Covid-19: PM Jacinda Ardern Update – 30th March

News Desk - Mar 30, 2020

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is giving the latest updates on the government's fight against the impact of Covid-19 at her…