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Police warning on Nigerian scammers

PUBLISHED: 13:28 12 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:00 22 October 2010

Norfolk police have issued a warning about fraudsters posing as buyers over the internet.

It follows a number of complaints in recent weeks when people selling cars have been duped into sending cash to would-be buyers in Nigeria.

Norfolk police have issued a warning about fraudsters posing as buyers over the internet.

It follows a number of complaints in recent weeks when people selling cars have been duped into sending cash to would-be buyers in Nigeria. In these cases, someone posing as a buyer has issued the seller with a non-British or independent banker's draft or cheque which has later turned out to be fake and therefore worthless. Meanwhile the would-be buyer has contacted the seller to say they have changed their mind and requested a refund via cash transfer.

In at least two cases, sellers have lost thousands of pounds after wiring funds through to Nigeria before the cheque funds had cleared.

Norfolk Constabulary is advising those selling goods via the internet to wait for at least 14 days for a cheque or draft to clear and to contact their own bank for confirmation before releasing any funds.

Police spokeswoman Beth Manning said: “Unfortunately there is little that can be done to recoup funds lost in this way. We would ask anyone using the internet to sell goods to exercise common sense when responding to requests for refunds - and to keep in regular contact with their own bank, which will be able to confirm whether or not a cheque or draft is genuine.”


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