Be wary of online scams, warns Sydenham police

Sydenham police have issued a stern warning to residents especially students to be wary when selling items online.

This after several cases of fraud were opened at the station.

The station’s communications officer, Cpt Myentherin Lazarus said, “We have had several cases where buyers claim to have deposited money into a seller’s account and even provide proof of payment to the seller only to find out that no money was deposited into the sellers account.”

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Victims later discover that the proof of payment was fake and there is no money deposited into the sellers account.

Cpt Lazarus added that they have also had cases of counterfeit money reported at the station.

A complainant received money from buyer and when she got home she realised that it was fake money.

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“Buying or selling anything online comes with certain risks. Try to meet the other party in person, preferably in a public space or even at a police station. Choose payment in cash, rather than electronically as it is easier to defraud someone electronically. Always trust your gut, if it does not feel right, do not continue with the transaction,” said Cpt Lazarus.

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