Tauranga Police issue Facebook warning
Following multiple complaints around online sales scam on social media, Tauranga Police are urging people to make sure sellers are legitimate.
Acting Detective Sergeant Mark Farrell says there are complaints of goods not delivered, even after a payment has been made.
“It's always recommended that you arrange for pick-ups so you are able to make the payment in person and collect the item.
“When you decide to buy anything online, it's good to conduct proper checks about the legitimacy of it before completing the transaction and sending money to the seller.”
Mark says potential buyers are urged to exercise caution when they are on a trading page. “Just like how you would secure your properties - not because you believe there are burglars out there but it's good practice to protect yourself.
“If you do not have information that helps to verify the seller's identity, you should not complete the transaction.
“Even in instances where police are able to locate a fraudulent seller, unfortunately, if you have paid scammers, the chances of recovering your money are not good.”
Mark says there are also concerns of dodgy sellers hijacking legitimate business sites and using the screen grabs of these websites to mislead a buyer that the sellers' products are authentic.
“Remember, don’t buy goods from anyone who you are unsure about, never pay money into another account without verifying who the account belongs to, and lastly – if an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.
“If you have been victim of a scam or if you have any information about suspicious activity call 105 to report it.”