$10,000 Lost In Social Media Scam ‘Sales’

December 7, 2022 | 0 Comments

The police have warned “against making online payments to purchase goods advertised for sale on several social media platforms, mainly Instagram, only to then not receive the items paid for” noting that “so far an estimated $10,000 has been lost by individuals as a result of this illegal activity.”

A police spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Police Service [BPS] recently issued a warning against making online payments to purchase goods advertised for sale on several social media platforms, mainly Instagram, only to then not receive the items paid for.

“Those involved in this scam have continued to exploit unsuspecting persons and have used method such as offering high end items such as furniture and appliances for sale at significantly reduced cost.

“Once an expression of interest is received from a prospective buyer, the would be seller then attempts to hasten payment by claiming there is a lot of interest in the item. Individuals not wanting to lose out on a “deal”, then make the payment and never receive the items advertised.

“So far an estimated ten thousand dollars has been lost by individuals as a result of this illegal activity.

“There is one particular fraudulent Instagram account which is being used to promote these items for sale, kamd_xo. The public is advised to ignore any advertisements posted under this account or any other Instagram account where the seller insists you make payment before seeing the item. The misuse of the kamd_xo account has been brought to the attention of Instagram.”

Detective Sergeant, Seymour Foote of the Criminal Investigations Unit, stated, “As we’ve previously advised please take necessary precautions when making 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.”

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

“If you are a victim of this scam or have information on anyone engaging in it or, acts of similar nature, please call the BPS non-emergency reporting number, 211, the main police number 295-0011 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. Remember, ‘if it appears too good to be true, it probably is.”

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