Cops warns public about online scammers

01 September 2020 | Crime

NAMPA

WINDHOEK



The Namibian police have cautioned members of the public against deceitful con artists on social media platforms who are scamming Namibians, specifically students.

The scammers, who are suspected to be Nigerians, demand identity card (ID) copies and bank account numbers from victims under the pretext of employing them as agents to sell products like cellphones and other gadgets. “Their method of scamming is that they first advertise the product with lower prices to attract customers on social media platforms, preferably Facebook and Instagram, and once the money is deposited into their foreign bank account, the product is never delivered, and as a result, the buyer claims his or her money from the recruited agent(s),” a police statement said. Members of the public were therefore warned to be cautious and not to fall victim to these scammers, by not paying for products they have not received or seen.

They should also be wary of being recruited as agents by unknown online marketers. The police further warned the public to be vigilant of other established or new scams that may be happening in their localities, especially on social media platforms.

“Would-be offenders in these types of illegal activities are also warned that once caught, they will face the full wrath of the law.”

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