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Internet scam warning in Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge

Police are warning residents in the Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells areas to be wary of using local online groups to sell mobile phones and other electrical goods following a spate of reported frauds. 

Since 5 February, 2017 Kent Police has received a number of reports where people have sold items such as phones and tablets over local auction websites, such as Facebay, but have not been paid. 

Fake screenshots

Victims are instructed they will receive payment through a bank transfer and are shown a screenshot which appears to prove a transfer has been authorised. The items are delivered by the victims, who then discover no payments have actually been made. 

It is reported that Facebook Messenger has also been used to liaise with victims of frauds and officers are urging anyone using community selling websites to be vigilant. 

Report anything suspicious

If you believe you have been a victim of a crime related to the above offences or have any information which may assist police enquiries call 01622 604100, quoting reference SI/YY/684/17. 

Arrest

A 15 year old boy from Tonbridge has been arrested in connection with this and is currently bailed, pending further enquiries, until 23 April. 

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