The Police Service is urging the public to be wary of scams being perpetrated on social media platforms such as Facebook, following the arrest of a 28-year-old man by the Arima Criminal Investigations Department (CID), yesterday, for allegedly obtaining money in the sum of $35,000 by false pretence.
“Citizens are reminded to make the relevant ownership checks before purchasing land or houses from vendors on Facebook,” the TTPS stated in a news release issued today.
It also is advising anyone who is a victim of a social media scam to make a report to the nearest police station.
According to official police reports, a 47-year-old victim reported to police that in November 2022, he saw an advertisement on Facebook for the sale of property at Wallerfield, Arima. The victim claimed that on November 16, 2022, he met with a man and purchased the property for the sum of $35,000.
The victim told police that the rightful owner of the property subsequently approached him with documentation proving his ownership, and said that he [the owner] never gave anyone permission to sell or conduct business on his behalf for his property.
A report was made to the Arima CID and an anti-crime exercise was conducted on Thursday, December 8, between 3 pm and 6 pm.
The Police Service says the exercise resulted in officers arresting a 28-year-old Wallerfield man in connection with the matter.
Investigations are ongoing.