If you’re considering putting something up for sale online in the near future, you may want to be careful.
Queensland police have today issued a warning to sellers to take precautions and be vigilant following a number of recent cases where people have been robbed.
“In the last 24 hours, Ipswich Police have received two reports of people making online arrangements to meet a buyer/seller, and having the items stolen,” police said.
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“Recently, police have received many reports of these types of thefts, usually involving mobile phones”.
Officers said personal safety is a priority when arranging to meet up with someone to either sell or buy goods and have urged Queenslanders to remain vigilant.
They have also released a list of tips to avoid being conned when buying or selling items online:
- Follow online safety advice from sources such as the Australian Cyber Security Centre regarding how to safely purchase/sell online.
- Look into the buyer/seller before meeting up. Social media pages that have recently been created or only have a few followers may be indications that they’re fake.
- Look out for pages where the conversation is one-way by the page owner, with little or no engagement from the page’s community.
- Check online shopping sites for secure methods of payment. Never pay by money order, pre-loaded money cards or wire transfer.
- Do not accept screenshots as proof of payment.
- Don’t meet up with strangers at night or in secluded or private locations. Your personal safety is your priority when arranging to meet up. Consider meeting in a public area during day light hours where there is plenty of CCTV and people around.
- If possible, take a family member or friend with you.
- Consider your surroundings and trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable with any aspect of the sale or purchase, cancel the meeting.
- Record details of the person you are meeting including name, email address and phone number.