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Research by SOCA, in partnership with the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, has identified that online shopping frauds continue to pose a significant financial risk to both UK and overseas consumers.
Online shopping and auction fraud generally involves an advance payment being sent for a good or service that does not arrive as agreed.
Always be careful when buying or selling online with people based overseas or when using auction websites. There is a risk that the goods, particularly high value goods, will not arrive or may not be of the size or quality that you paid for.
Fraudsters may try and pay for auction items with a larger payment than required, often by cheque. They then ask you to return the over payment by a transfer. When the cheque fails to clear you may be left out of pocket or worse, may unwittingly have been used as a mule for money laundering.
If you or someone close to you is buying or selling online, particularly with people or businesses abroad please bear in mind the following points:
Outside of the secure online systems usually used.
Remember if an offer appears too good to be true, it probably is!
The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) tackles organised crime that affects the UK and our citizens. This includes drug crime, gun crime and fraud. We want to ensure that crime doesn't pay and that it is harder to commit. SOCA works to put serious criminals behind bars and engage with partners like Neighbourhood Watch to fight crime and keep you safe.
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