Online buy and sell sites are popular with fraudsters

  • Aug. 2, 2019 7:30 a.m.

By Const. Andrew Devine

They’re wildly popular, but you need to exercise caution when using online buy and sell websites and other platforms.

There have been multiple incidents in the Red Deer area where residents have been victimized through these websites.

One common tactic used by these fraudsters is to request payment for an item via e-transfer prior to the exchange of the item.

Follow these tips to avoid being a victim:

* Don’t pay for anything without receiving the item first.

* Arrange to pick up/drop off items in a public place and don’t go alone.

* Post generic photos of items in online ads, rather than photos of the actual item, which might contain identifiable information.

If you feel you’ve been targeted or victimized through fraudulent means, contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575.

Const. Andrew Devine is a member of the Red Deer RCMP detachment.

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