Experts are warning of a rise in online fraudsters, with people selling items on Gumtree, Facebook and other sites falling victim.
A syndicate of scammers are using doctored receipts to take items without paying.
Queensland police said the scam originated in Brisbane but had become increasingly prevalent across south-east Queensland, and warn that it can happen to anyone.
The scammers operate by contacting sellers and asking to buy items such as cars, machinery and mechanical parts, valued between $1,000 and $25,000, sight unseen.
Scammers then insist on immediately transferring money by electronic bank transfer, before sending a photograph of a fake receipt and a copy of a fraudulently obtained driver’s licence.
Experts are warning users of Gumtree and other trading sites not to hand over items until a payment had been fully verified and the money has landed in your account, even if they have sent you a screenshot, supposedly confirming the transfer.
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