Police And Facebook Issue Warning Over Social Media Business Scams | #onlinescams | #scams | #internetscams


Police and Facebook are warning the public to be aware of
scammers operating on Facebook.

Police has received a
number of recent reports in relation to a variety of
Facebook pages of fraudulent companies claiming to sell
computers and mobile phones.

The companies represented
on the Facebook pages are legitimate NZ companies, however
the Facebook pages are not associated with those
companies.

Detective Senior Sergeant Bridget Doell
from the Auckland City Police Financial Crime Unit, says
these Facebook pages are being set up by scammers based
offshore.

“Police have received multiple reports
from people who transferred money into an account believing
they were purchasing mobiles and laptops from fake Facebook
pages and never received the items.

“We are warning
the public to undertake due diligence before buying any
goods online.

“Stick to verified, trusted online
retailers and if you are purchasing goods online from a
company you do not know, ensure the company is legitimate
and has a publically listed phone number which connects to
that business,” says Detective Senior Sergeant
Doell.

Nick McDonnell, Public Policy Manager for FB
New Zealand, says this year many of us have been more
reliant on technology to stay connected with families and
friends in New Zealand and around the
world.

“Unfortunately, scammers know this, and it’s
more important than ever that we all work together to stay
vigilant against online scams.

“At Facebook, the
safety and security of our users is our top
priority.

All apps in the Facebook family use the most
sophisticated security software available, and this year
we’ve made it easier to report suspicious content.

We
also publish guidelines on how to avoid online fraudsters,
which can be found here.

“However,
anyone using an online service is at risk from scamming
attacks.

We encourage all users to report any
suspicious activity – further information on how to report a
page can be found here,”
says Mr McDonnell.

While these scammers are based
offshore, Police are aware of people ‘employed’ in NZ to
work for them, who are operating as money mules by engaging
in illegal money laundering activity.

The person in NZ
is often enlisted by the scammers for ‘marketing’ of the
page and that person receives deposits to their account,
which they are told to transfer as payments into offshore
accounts.

The scammers claim the deposits are refunds
for product that is unable to be provided, however the funds
are actually deposits from people who believe that they are
purchasing mobiles and laptops from the company on the fake
Facebook page.

Detective Senior Sergeant Doell says
Police want to urge the public to be aware of money
laundering, and anyone who knowingly has money put into
their account for the purpose of transferring funds offshore
risks being prosecuted.

“Anyone who is asked to
partake in such activity is warned to not get
involved.

“If any funds are put into your account
from an unknown source, you should contact your bank
immediately.”

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