Police warn Northamptonshire people of ‘non-existent televisions’ scam

Stock picture depicting online fraud. The website pictured is not part of the scam.
Stock picture depicting online fraud. The website pictured is not part of the scam.

Police are warning Northamptonshire computer users of a particularly high-spec fake website that is fooling people into buying TVs that don’t exist.

The fraud is particularly cruel in that, because the goods are never despatched, payments swindled out of people via bank transfer cannot reimbursed.

A spokesman for the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau said: “The fraudsters have created a high specification website template advertising flat screen televisions for sale which are below market value and, in fact, do not exist.

“Payment is being requested via bank transfer and will offer no protection to the consumer when the television does not arrive.”

The Bureau has issued 5 tips to help protect against the scam:

-Payments made via bank transfer are not protected should you not receive the item.

-Always make payment via a credit card or PayPal where you have some avenue of recompense should you not receive your product.

-Conduct some online research on the website, company name and business address to identify any poor feedback or irregularities.

-Check the authenticity of websites before making any purchases. A ”whois” search on the website will identify when the website has been created, so be wary of newly-formed domains. This search can be conducted using the following website - https://who.is/

-Lastly, if the item advertised seems too good to be true, it probably is

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone on 0300 123 2040.