Buyers beware urge police

01 Dec 2017 14:18 PM

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Police are urging people to be cautious when responding to items for sale advertised via social media.

This follows a recent incident when an iphone 6 was advertised for sale via Facebook Messenger. The seller arranged to meet the purchaser on a street in Blyth on the evening of Saturday, November 25. He handed over £150 and was given an iphone box. The seller then quickly left and when the buyer opened the box he found it was empty.

PC Steve Preston said: "We would ask shoppers to be extra vigilant at this time of year and not to let the thought of what appears to be a bargain affect your usual care and common sense. If something seems too good to be true, it likely is.

"These fraudsters play on the vulnerability of members of the public to con them out of cash and often they can be very convincing in their tactics.

"If anyone does have any concerns, or believes they may have been a victim, we would ask them to get in contact with us."

Northumbria Police can be contacted on 101. Please quote reference 977 251117. Alternatively information can be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.