Police issue warning about Fake Online Stores

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The police are warning the public about fake online stores that are fleecing people of their money.

Police say fraudsters are advertising phones, gadgets and other items for sale on social media platforms, mainly Instagram, and requesting that payment be made via a deposit or transfer to a bank account.

The online stores are subsequently removed from the respective sites once money has been lodged or transferred to the bank accounts, the police said, adding that a number of reports have been made to the Fraud Squad since the start of the year.

Investigations have been launched into the matters.