Be careful when buying items online

FRAUDSTERS ARE using the name of a well-known internet auction site for their crime.

  • Thu Apr 12th, 2012 1:00pm
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FRAUDSTERS ARE using the name of a well-known internet auction site for their crime.

Terrace RCMP report two incidents where people lost thousands of dollars while trying to buy a vehicle on eBay.

After a deal is struck for the purchase of a vehicle, the buyer wires the money to the seller’s fabricated eBay account with the understanding that once the money is received, the vehicle is shipped out, but the vehicle never is never sent, say police.

And it’s difficult for people to get their money back.

“[They’re] very difficult and complex investigations. More often then not, these people are out the money,” says Terrace RCMP spokesperson Const. Angela Rabut.

“Before making any purchases on the internet, check with Phone Busters at 1-888-495-8501 or online at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca to educate yourself on the current scams out there,” says Terrace RCMP general duty officer Const. Nial McCulloch.