Police Warn About Social Media Sale Scams

November 17, 2022

The Bermuda Police Service,[BPS] said they have “received several reports of persons being duped into making online payments for the purchase of goods advertised for sale on several social media platforms, only to then not receive the items paid for.”

A spokesperson said, “The BPS is asking the public to be extremely vigilant when making such purchases in order to avoid becoming a victim to this scam.”

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

    • When buying from a private seller, avoid making electronic bank transfers.
    • Make inquiries of and about the seller.
    • Meet with the seller at a public location within easy view of other people.
    • If possible, take someone along with you.
    • Be sure to physically check items before making payment.
    • Do not make payment before you have received the item.”
    • If you are suspicious about a seller or items advertised for sale on social media, simply do not make the purchase.

The police added, “If you are a victim of this scam or have information on anyone engaging in it or, acts of similar nature, please call to the non emergency reporting number, 211, the main police number 295-001 or, 800-TIPS [8477]. You may also wish to use the BPS crime reporting portal https://portal.police.bm. or speak with a police officer you know.”

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  1. Ringmaster says:

    Reads like a checklist the Minister of Finance should follow before spending tax payers funds.

    • question says:

      Yep. It’s a pity he didn’t follow this list when giving nearly a million dollars to the ‘state of the art recording studio’ in Dockyard.
      Taking a responsible person with him to the meetings might have been an idea.