Beware of online scam targeting shoppers

2018-05-17 06:01

SAPS Verulam is warning the community to be on high alert and avoid becoming victims of internet scams when shopping online.

Police spokesperson in Verulam Captain Henry Kisten said that there were two cases of fraud reported recently.

“In the first case the victim saw an advert on the internet advertising the sale of poultry. The advert asked the people to deposit R5 000 into the seller’s bank account. He was promised that the chickens will be delivered to him. The victim waited and there was no delivery,” Kisten said. According to the information from the police, another victim was defrauded of R40 000 cash.

“The victim saw an advert for the sale of two vehicles and the seller asked him to deposit R40 000 into her [bank account]. “She promised that the cars will be delivered to him by one of her drivers. The victim waited and there was no delivery of the vehicles. Despite so many media releases warning the public not to be gullible into such scams, crimes of this nature are still being reported,” Kisten said.

SAPS urged the public to verify the authenticity of the advert before depositing money into the seller’s account.

Kisten said: “They must ensure that the validity of the seller is properly verified and checked before making any deposits into the sellers account.”

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