Blackburn, Ont. police are warning people who are considering selling items online via classified websites to be wary of potential fraudsters browsing the pages.
The warning comes after a recent scam involving selling farm equipment in Southwest Middlesex.
The sellers used an online classified website to advertise eight pieces of equipment that totalled $15,000. The seller then received an offer from someone who was willing to purchase the equipment for the full asking price. However, the buyer asked that the seller cover the shipping costs upfront, worth approximately $1,000.
The seller then sent the $1,000 to the buyer using a money transfer service.
In return, the victim never received the $15,000 to complete the transaction.
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This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.
Marina Burghard writes for Canadian Fraud News about fraud-related cases, whistleblower, jurisdiction, identity theft, consumer protection, etc. – essentially about scams and how to protect yourself against this kind of fraudulent criminal behavior. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science where her interest in criminology grew. Besides fraud, Marina’s scientific interest lies in terrorism, extremism and how to deal with it as a society.