Campbell River RCMP advising against online deposits
2021-07-07 08:01 PDT
Campbell River RCMP advising against online deposits:
More and more people in Campbell River are falling prey to online ads for goods whose sellers require substantial deposits or full payment to hold goods for them, despite warnings to the contrary.
Unfortunately online fraud is rampant, said Cst Maury Tyre,
and it's very much a buyer beware scenario.
Once that money is sent to an email account, a sender can effectively mark the funds as gone as it's very unlikely that they can be recovered or that the fraudster can be identified through legal means. Posters of the ads on online sites rely on high traffic viewing of their adds and hope to nab a few quick dollars before people catch on and report the person to the site host. By then, the person has created a new email account and has started their process all over again, essentially, defrauding people is their full time job.
There are certain things people can do to ensure that they don't fall victim to these online fraudsters:
- Stay away from deals that are too good to be true;
- Confirm the identification of the seller (video chat with them, get them to show you a legitimate ID while they do it, and get them to show the item as well);
- Use intermediary selling sites, that hold funds until item is delivered as promised;
- Don't pre-send funds that you aren't okay with losing; and
- Stay away from sales that demand deposits to hold for you.
If you wish to report criminal or suspicious activity, please contact the Campbell River RCMP at 250-286-6221. Or in an emergency call 911.
Cst. Maury TyreMedia Relations Officer
Campbell River RCMP
275 South Dogwood Street, Campbell River BC V9W 8C8
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