‘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.
Minimise the personal information you share in the advert.
For more advice see the picture attached to this article.