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WATCH OUT: Police warn residents over popular selling scam in Hemel Hempstead

 Published on: 22nd May 2023   |   By: Megan Milstead   |   Category: Uncategorized

Dacorum Police have warned the public about the dangers of selling items online following a number of incidents in Hemel Hempstead.

Residents have reported selling goods such as mobile phones and laptops via online marketplaces, then being tricked into delivering them to thieves.

PC Joe Watson, from the Dacorum Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “If you are selling items online, please do so safely.

“We have had reports of victims, who sometimes have no local knowledge about the location they are visiting, arriving at an arranged meet-up point, handing over goods to potential purchasers for examination, and the offenders running off with the item without paying for it.

“If you use online selling sites, please exercise caution, especially in circumstances where payment has not been made in advance and you are asked to travel to sell an item. It is recommended to look at the buyer’s profile to check their history and that they have genuine details.

“If you are arranging to meet someone to sell or buy an item, always meet in a busy public place covered by CCTV – check the location on a trusted mapping service if the buyer suggests it to check it is not isolated or unsuitable looking – and take someone else with you.

“Also be wary of people who offer to pay over the odds for an item. Many people use these sites to buy goods at a reduced price, so if an offer sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

“If you have any suspicions or concerns about the person you are dealing with, walk away.”

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