The Police are advising the public to be mindful of persons who are advertising phones, gadgets and other items for sale on social media platforms, mainly Instagram, and requesting that payment be made via a deposit or transfer to a bank account.


Since the start of 2021, the Area 1 Fraud Squad has been receiving reports of persons being fleeced of their monies by fraudsters who promote online stores that are subsequently removed from the respective sites once monies have been lodged or transferred to the bank accounts. 


The Police are advising citizens to take extreme caution and exercise vigilance before conducting online business transactions.


The Area 1 Fraud Squad has commenced investigations in these matters and is asking anyone who has information that may assist with the investigations to contact the Area 1 Fraud Squad at 876-971-3346.