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Leicestershire Police is urging people using selling websites and social media to sell items to remain vigilant following an increase in reports of banking fraud.
Between July and October, a number of reports have been received of buyers using a fake banking app, which makes it look like money has been transferred when it has not.
The incidents have involved the victims being asked to put their bank details into a fake app on a buyer’s phone when meeting to hand over the item. The app produces a screen which states the money has been successfully been transferred.
Victims have reported that when they check their account, no money has been received.
Thirteen reports have been received from victims living in Leicestershire – as well as the West Midlands, Warwickshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Buckinghamshire and South Wales.
The incidents are being investigated by the force’s Economic Crime Unit (ECU). We are advising sellers to be mindful of the below before agreeing to hand over an item:
Sergeant Pete Nichols said: “The reports we’ve received so far have included victims both from within our force area and further afield. While our investigations are continuing, we want to ensure sellers remain vigilant and are aware of what’s happening.
“If you have family or friends who are selling items through websites or social media, please pass this message on and ask that they too take extra care so they do not fall victim.”
You can make a report by visiting https://www.leics.police.uk/ro/report/fo/v2/report-fraud-bribery-corruption or calling 101.
Further information about fraud can be found by visiting the Action Fraud website: www.actionfraud.police.uk