Action Fraud has received several reports indicating that sellers of items on online marketplace websites are falling victim to fraud by bogus buyers.Typically, the bogus buyers contact the seller wanting to purchase the item for sale and advise they will be sending the requested amount via Pay Pal or other electronic payment method.These are names of certified Bailiff Enforcement Agents employed by debt enforcement companies.The fraudsters request that the debt be repaid by bank transfer.We had a report of anti-social behaviour in the town centre of Eastbourne that was reported via the Op Blitz mobile.Whilst making our way there, an assault was reported over the radio close to the location so we assisted response officers in dealing with this.Jodie Fisher, 27, of no fixed address, appeared at Brighton Crown Court on 19 July last year and admitted two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and supplying crack cocaine. Another woman Penelope Godden, 48, of Wishing Tree Road North, St Leonards, who was looking after Fisher's supply of drugs in a property in Carisbrooke Road, St Leonards, was given a two year jail sentence suspended for two years after admitting two counts of possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin when she appeared at Guildford Crown Court on 27 March.
In reality, no money has ever been sent to the seller; the bogus buyer has spoofed an email and purported to be an online payment company. It is important to remember that selling anything could make you a target to these fraudsters however the NFIB has identified that those offering sofas, large furniture and home-ware are particularly vulnerable. Always use a trusted payment method online, such as Pay Pal, and have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for payment like bank transfers.To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at [email protected] call 101. Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity Saturday night’s Op Blitz was taken over by our Wealden colleagues as all Eastbourne Prevention Officers were tasked over to Lewes but it was a quiet evening for them.One incident of note was a call that we took prior to being tasked over to Lewes.If the victim refuses, they threaten to visit the victim’s home or place of work to recover the debt that is owed.Once the money has been transferred, victims are not provided with receipt details of the payment or contact details.