Scammers new approach has police on alert

SCAMMERS have taken on a new approach, targeting Southern Downs sellers advertising in local media publications.

Warwick police officer in charge Senior Sergeant Stewart Day warned those submitting classified ads online or in newspapers, to remain wary of those out there with bad intentions.

One particular scammer is sending out emails claiming to only do paypal transactions, and claims to be unable to inspect the goods.

"Great reading from you. I believe you must have buyers interested in the purchase. I am currently in the middle of work duty. Am buying this for my Dad," the email reads.

"I won't be available to come for inspection due to my present location because I'll still be at my work location.

"I have a private pick-up person that will contact you in order to handle the pick-up at any location of your choice once the payment is completed."

Snr Sgt Day said sellers should always attempt to speak with the buyer on the phone, or in person, to prove their legitimacy.

"People aren't going to buy a caravan without inspecting it first, so be wary," Snr Sgt Day said.

If you have received a similar email, report it to http://www.scamwatch.gov.au.



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