Police and Netsafe are warning online purchasers to be wary of scams following a massive rise in internet fraud during the lockdown period.

Online safety group Netsafe has seen a 90.1 per cent increase in scam reports during lockdown compared with the same timeframe last year, Netsafe chief executive Martin Cocker said.

Cocker said 71 per cent of that increase could be attributed to online shopping specifically, including trading and marketplace scams.

Facebook has been at the centre of much of the activity, with police reporting an increase in complaints of scams on its online marketplace.

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Last week, Auckland’s financial crime unit swarmed a Glen Innes address in relation to more than 30 complaints about one alleged scammer.

Facebook Marketplace has been at the centre of rising online fraud and scamming incidents during lockdown. (File photo)

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Facebook Marketplace has been at the centre of rising online fraud and scamming incidents during lockdown. (File photo)

The search warrant resulted in the arrest of a 23-year-old man, who was charged with four charges of obtains by deception, police said.

“Time after time, we are seeing reports where offenders are using fake profiles, showing examples of fake online payments being made or selling counterfeit goods,” Detective Senior Sergeant Chris Allan said.

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