Phone stolen during robbery at Findon, South Australia

Police are investigating an aggravated robbery at Findon last night, where a man was assaulted and his mobile phone was stolen.

About 9.50pm on Thursday, 6 December, police and ambulance crews were called to a house in Norman Street after reports that a man had been assaulted by two men.

One of the men hit the victim in the head with a pole, and the suspects fled with a mobile phone that the victim had been advertising online for sale.

The victim was taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The suspects are being described as being of African appearance, and aged in their 20s.

Anyone who may have seen suspicious activity in the area last night is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au

The rise in popularity of ‘buy, swap and sell’ websites has unfortunately led to an increase in reported thefts and fraud offences, where sellers have not delivered goods they have received money for, and buyers not paying for items delivered to them.

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Police recommend that anyone thinking of buying or selling goods online use the following tips:

Arrange to meet the other person in a public place, such as a shopping centre or public car park to exchange the items

Ask for a receipt or some sort of proof of purchase

Keep a record of all transactions if you are paying for the item in instalments

If you believe you have been the victim of an online fraud, report it immediately to the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) at www.acorn.gov.au

For further information about safely shopping online, click on the following link:

https://www.police.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/308278/Scams-and-Cybercrime-Fact-Sheet-Shopping-online.pdf

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