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Beware of scammers offering shipping containers for sale on Facebook

Shipping container fraud news

Eastern District Police have become aware of scammers offering shipping containers for sale on Facebook Marketplace and some of our local community pages on social media.

The scammers are offering delivery at an additional cost, and will even offer cheaper delivery if you “buy now”.

‘The only problem being there are no shipping containers. And the scammer will likely have blocked you or deactivated their Facebook account by the time you realise you’ve been scammed.

‘There are a number of steps you can take to protect yourselves from scammers when buying items via social media:

  • Insist on meeting in person so you can inspect the item for sale before you make a payment to someone you don’t know.
  • Do not deposit money into another person’s account before you have received the item.
  • Learn more about the person you are buying from – on Marketplace you can tap on a person’s profile on the product listing page to see if you have any friends in common, their marketplace activity, and any ratings they may have received.
  • Trust your instincts – if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.’

If you are the victim of a scam, please do report it to Police – they can only investigate if they know about it, and it’s important that these offenders are held to account for their actions.

Reports can be made via 105 – either by phone, or online at 105.police.govt.nz

Information can also be provided anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

Image credit: Erwan Hesry

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Source:NZ Police

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