News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – In recent times, the Bermuda Police Service, (BPS), has received several reports of persons being duped into making online payments for the purchase of goods advertised for sale on several social media platforms, only to then not receive the items paid for.

The BPS is asking the public to be extremely vigilant when making such purchases,in order to avoid becoming a victim to this scam.

Detective Inspector, Clifford Roberts of the Criminal Investigations Unit, stated, “We wish to remind the public to take necessary precautions when conducing purchases, particularly, online purchases from private sellers.

•    When buying from a private seller, avoid making electronic bank transfers.

•    Make inquiries of and about the seller.

•    Meet with the seller at a public location within easy view of other people.

•    If possible, take someone along with you.

•    Be sure to physically check items before making payment.

•    Do not make payment before you have received the item.”

If you are suspicious about a seller or items advertised for sale on social media, simply do not make the purchase.

If you are a victim of this scam or have information on anyone engaging in it or, acts of similar nature, please call to the non emergency reporting number, 211, the main police number 295-001 or, 800-TIPS (8477).

You may also wish to use the BPS crime reporting portal or speak with a police officer you know.