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Woman duped out of $550 in Facebook scam

Woman duped after buying a TV on FaceBook Marketplace
Police are investigating the circumstances in which a woman received a cardboard box full of random items like kitty litter, and books, after buying a TV. Picture: 9News

An Adelaide woman has been duped in what appears to be a Facebook Marketplace scam after she was given a selection of random items disguised in a cardboard box.

The Craigmore woman named Debbie spent $550 on what she thought was a 65-inch flat screen TV.

Instead, she was instead given a bag of cat litter, a bag of sugar, a hammer and two books.

Woman duped after buying a TV on FaceBook Marketplace
The woman thought she was receiving a 65-inch flat screen TV, which she paid $550 for. Picture: 9News
Woman duped after buying a TV on FaceBook Marketplace
She then opened the box and found a mix of random items, but no TV. Picture: 9News

However, CCTV footage has captured the moment the man behind the scam arrived at Debbie’s north Adelaide home to deliver the TV at about 11.30am on Tuesday.

She told 9News the man offered to carry the TV into her home, before he accepted the money and drove off in a red Ford.

Unfortunately, when Debbie realised she had been duped, the man had already left the premises. He also later deleted his Facebook profile.

Woman duped after buying a TV on FaceBook Marketplace
The shared CCTV footage of the man who helped her bring the TV into her home. Picture: 9News

Following initial investigations, South Australian Police confirmed they have closed the investigation pending further information.

“All lines of enquiry have been followed in this investigation and the identity of the suspect couldn’t be established,” a spokesperson said.

Warning her community of the scam on social media, Debbie said other people had come forward with similar experiences involving the seller.