Police are advising people to be on the lookout for fraudulent online trading.
Wellington police are seeing a surge in fraudulent online transactions as the return to Level 2 allows online trading of goods to resume.
In a statement, police said they were receiving multiple reports of buyers using false bank transfer statements and falsified digital documents to confirm payments have been made.
Police statistics were likely to tell only a part of the story as many people didn’t report the scamming out of embarrassment but police urged people to report any suspicious activity to give them the best chance of catching offenders.
“We are actively targeting offenders who commit volume and fraud offending and we will hold them accountable for their actions,” police said.
Wellington mother Carmen Arquier went onto Facebook marketplace to sell her 12-year-old son’s headphones.
She was contacted by a woman who said she needed them for studies and could pay by bank transfer.
On turning up to Arquier’s husband’s work in a mask she showed a confirmation of the bank transfer “so he gave her the headphones”.