CJ104 Crime of the Week
SOCIAL MEDIA PURCHASES
Local law enforcement are reminding the public to be aware of fraudulent activity on social media. Reports of an individual(s) will post an item for sale on social media and when someone shows interest, a request is made that money be sent electronically to reserve the item. Once the payment is received, the advertisement is deleted and the seller cannot be reached to arrange the completion of the transaction. The amount of money stolen, ranges in amounts up to $500. Items posted for sale include children's toys and kitchen appliances. The RCMP encourage everyone who purchases items through social media, to avoid making electronic payments before seeing the items in person.
REMINDER: The public is once again reminded to keep storage sheds, garages and vehicles secure at all times to prevent thieves stealing your personal property. Our region has experienced many break-in and thefts recently because the public has not taken sufficient precautions. It is scam season and criminals will be attempting to get your hard earned money through various methods (phone, computer messages) or your bank account number to confirm the information they claim to have on file is up to date. Never under any circumstances provide your personal information to a complete stranger.