Scam alert warning…. Fake payment scam

The Financial and Cyber Crime Group is warning the public of a current scam involving online purchases and fake bank statement receipts, Queensland Police say.

Victims are reporting after advertising items for sale online, they are contacted to organise a sale. The buyer (criminal) will then send through a screenshot of the payment for the item and often a copy of a (forged) drivers licence.

The buyer will then advise they have arranged for a relative or a ride share driver to pick up the item. They may also attend themselves.  A few days later the seller will realise the “payment” was fake when the money doesn’t hit their account.

It is important to note that payment screenshots can easily be forged with software and apps.

How to avoid becoming a victim: 
• Utilise a secure payment system like “Paypal”.
• If you are selling items online and are accepting an EFT, wait until the funds are in your account before handing over the item.
• Do not rely on a screenshot as proof of payment.

The buyer may try and convince you they really need to pick up the item urgently due to circumstances beyond their control or they may offer you more money to be able to pick it up before the payment reaches your account. You should avoid handing over any item until the money has arrived in your account.

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