Take care making online purchases

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Police in Banbridge are warning the public to take precautions when buying items online.

Constable Jay Morrison said: “We have received a number of reports of individuals attempting to purchase trailers from online selling sites. In these incidents buyers have made payment through direct bank transfer and not through a recognised, protected payment form such as Paypal. The goods are not received and the buyers have been left out of pocket.

“The internet is a great place to buy or sell but fraudsters are also taking advantage of the anonymity of selling sites to defraud buyers.

“Please be vigilant when making a purchase and handing over money. Use only recognised and protected forms of payment. Advice on buying and selling online is available at www.GetSafeOnline.org.

“If you think you have been a victim of fraud you should report it to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud reporting centre, by calling 0300 123 20 40 or by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk. If you responded to an advertisement online or in a printed publication, report it to the website or publisher.”