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Fraudsters selling non-existent drones

1st August 2016

Online shopping websites are being utilised by fraudsters to advertise drones of various specifications for competitive prices which do not exist. 

Drones are personal flying devices that often carry cameras and can be navigated remotely by smart phones or controllers.

Fraudsters are capitalising on their recent popularity and advertising non-existent drones lower than the recommended retail price to tempt buyers. 

After victims agree to purchase the drone, the fraudsters request payment to be paid via bank transfer saying that it will quicken the delivery process. 

After transferring the money the buyers never receive the drone and the fraudster blocks the victim to prevent further conversation. 

How to protect yourself 

  • Check the validity of the post.
  • Avoid paying by bank transfer and instead use an online payment option such as PayPal, which helps to protect you.
  • Check feedback online by searching the associated phone numbers or email addresses of the seller. Feedback will give you useful information about recent transactions other buyers have made.
  • If the item is below market value consider whether this is an opportunity too good to be true. 

To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.

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