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Police warn Facebook Marketplace users of scams

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Staff Reporter

17 June 2024, 1:18 AM

Police warn Facebook Marketplace users of scams:ocals cautioned to be vigilant online.

A man faces charges after Auckland City Police uncovered multiple alleged Facebook Marketplace scams affecting victims across Auckland.

Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Bolton, Auckland City CIB, said the 26-year-old suspect, who had an arrest warrant, was apprehended following a search at a Glen Innes address on Saturday evening.

He is due in the Auckland District Court today, facing 27 fraud charges linked to Facebook Marketplace incidents.

The arrest follows an increase in reports of scams on the platform.

"While it is a very successful buy and sell platform, it’s also a successful hunting ground for criminals," said Bolton.

The Police Financial Crime Unit has noted up to 60 monthly cases involving fake bank transfers.

Bolton urged users to exercise caution, meet in public places, and never transfer money before receiving items.

“Prevention will always be the best tactic to avoid becoming a victim,” he emphasised.

Police advise reporting any suspected fraud at www.police.govt.nz/use-105 or by calling 105.

If bank details have been shared, contacting your bank to suspend your account is crucial.