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Vancouver police alert of Facebook Marketplace fraud with dozens of targets

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Key takeaways: 

  • Police state suspects ceased speaking with consumers after accepting e-transfers for items.
  • Vancouver police state suspects posted things for sale but stopped communicating with buyers after acquiring e-transfers to provide the goods.

The Facebook marketplace fraud with numerous victims: 

Vancouver police caution the public to be watchful after probers discovered proof of scammers operating Facebook Marketplace to cheat as many as 50 individuals. 

Cybercrime investigators undertook several probes after someone reported being scammed while shopping with the online marketplace for used goods. 

The Vancouver Police Department told suspects posted items for sale and set meetings with possible buyers. The shoppers decided to e-transfer payments before the meeting, then the sellers severed communication and did not show up to hand over the goods. 

“Don’t send money to anyone dealing an item over Facebook Marketplace without meeting the person first or ensuring they are an honest seller,” stated Const. Tania Visintin. “Pick a safe public area, like a police station lobby, to meet up with anyone you’re intending to do business with.” Source – cbc.ca

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The police department of Vancouver alerts of the scam by Facebook marketplace

Visintin stated the items for sale were in high need at the time. She tells the first fraud arose in October with a Squid Game outfit for sale, and weeks later, a washing machine was on offer when there was a lack in the Lower Mainland.

The probe directed police to a residence in Surrey, where a search warrant was conducted, and police found and grabbed a loaded gun, various weapons, and documents relating a suspect to the Facebook hustle. 

“We believe suspects were using numerous bank accounts, bogus names, and different phone numbers or emails to run these frauds,” stated Visintin. Source – cbc.ca

She said thousands of dollars had been lost by victims, and proof collected suggests there are dozens of cheated customers who haven’t yet reached out to police.

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