The Bermuda Police Service issued a public advisory this afternoon, urging residents not to fall for the latest online scam when making any purchases using the internet.

This latest reported scam “involved a fake rental accommodation advertisement posted on a local online classifieds site”.

A police spokesman said: “The alleged contact person for the fraudulent posting, a ‘Dr Jonathan Moore’, claimed that two month’s rent plus security deposit for the apartment should be sent via wire transfer to a specific overseas account.

“However, once the transaction was completed, no further contact could be made with the individual supposedly offering the apartment for rent.

“We encourage members of the public to be extremely vigilant in responding to these types of internet adverts and to be especially wary of responding to any person who is requesting monies using popular free e-mail addresses such as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.”

He also noted that many of the local websites carrying classified ads “already display a warning message on their home page in relation to these types of scams”.

Anyone affected by this latest scam or any other kind of fraud, is urged to contact the main police number on 295-0011 to report the matter.