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A Scam on the Facebook Marketplace Causes a Woman to Lose £1,000s

Facebook Marketplace is usually that magical place where you can buy and sell a lot of items. You can even get to buy from toys to electronics at very low prices if luck is on your side. But unfortunately, it doesn’t always happen that way, and scammers seem to be everywhere across the internet nowadays.

According to The Herald, a woman fell victim to scammers from Facebook Marketplace, which cost her thousands of pounds. Lucy Fletcher is her name, a 46-year-old woman who works as a beauty therapist. After a few messages and phone calls exchanged, she transferred £3,600 for a ready-built shipping container office.

The product wasn’t delivered

Although Lucy sent the money and even received official-looking invoices on business-held paper, the product that was bought never reached her. Therefore, the woman lost £3,600, the money paid for the ready built shipping container office that didn’t reach her anymore.

Lucy even decided to burn her old office in order to make room for the one that she bought. Her bank will refund a part of the amount, though.

The woman who got scammed stated, as The Herald quotes:

I feel really vulnerable now – this guy now has my address, he’s had a lot of my money and I’ve lost out on work, so I’ve lost business as well.

It was just how professional the scammers were – I had no reason to doubt any of it at all.

The emotional stress has been unbelievable. It’s been an absolute mess.

If I’ve been scammed – and I think I’m quite switched onto it – if other people aren’t already then they need to be more aware basically.

In the end, we must all realize that being extra cautious online is a ‘must,’ regardless of the platform you choose for your shopping.

By Francis E. Hagopian

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