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Advice issued following increase in reports of a fake banking app

Alert message sent 21/02/2022 10:39:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is issuing advice to residents following a number of incidents involving a fake bank transfer app.

Over the past few months, there have been a number of reports about an app that creates an image, which shows a transfer has been made. Offenders have been targeting vulnerable individuals, including the elderly.

Shopping online can save time and effort and gives you a wide choice of goods from around the world. Unfortunately, while most buyers and sellers are genuine, fraudsters use online shopping scams because they can hide their identity and target many victims at the same time.

Selling sites such as Facebook Marketplace, eBay and Gumtree have reported incidents to us of offenders using an app to pretend to pay for goods they have agreed to purchase.

Some advice that we suggest when selling goods:

- Make sure you receive payment confirmation before sending goods.
- Check your account online or ask your bank to make sure cleared funds have been received.
- Take pictures of items before posting them so you have proof of condition in case of a fraudulent claim.

If you would like to find out more information about how to keep yourself safe, please visit our webpage Online shopping | Thames Valley Police.
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Rachel Ward (Police, Corporate Communications, Thames Valley)

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