POLICE have warned people in Newton Abbot to be aware of online scams.

On their Twitter page the town’s police say: ‘Please be careful when buying/selling on Marketplace.

‘We have become aware of people getting scammed following posts in local ‘spotted’ pages.’

The say If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud you should report it to @actionfrauduk

They offer the following advice:

Do not use links or websites supplied by the buyer to check for payment as these can also be forged and look genuine.

Always use reputable payment methods and log in to payment providers directly on your device to verify you have received payment.

If a buyer makes you feel uncomfortable, don’t be afraid to block them and report them to Facebook.

Minimise the personal information you share in the advert.

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