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Police warning after people duped into making online payments

Scam artists are duping online customers into paying for purchases but then failing to deliver them, according to police.

The Bermuda Police Service have received several reports of victims making payments online for items advertised for sale on several social media platforms.

A police spokesman warned the public to be “extremely vigilant when making such purchases, in order to avoid becoming a victim to this scam”.

In 2021, island residents were cheated out of almost $4 million in online scams, police reported.

Detective Inspector Clifford Roberts of the Criminal Investigations Unit, added: “We wish to remind the public to take necessary precautions when conducting purchases, particularly, online purchases from private sellers.”

Mr Roberts said that buyers should avoid making electronic bank transfers to private vendors, make inquiries of and about the seller and meet them at a public location within easy view of other people.

Customers should also physically check items before making a payment, and to only make a payment once the goods have been received.

Mr Roberts said: “If you are suspicious about a seller or items advertised for sale on social media, simply do not make the purchase.”

Victims of the scam or any information on it, are asked to call the non emergency reporting number on 211, the main police number on 295 001 or, 800-TIPS (8477).

Information can also be given on the Bermuda Police Service crime reporting portal here.

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Published November 18, 2022 at 7:52 am (Updated November 18, 2022 at 7:52 am)

Police warning after people duped into making online payments

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