McCracken County Sheriff’s Office warns about Facebook Marketplace scam
WEST PADUCAH, Ky. (KBSI) – The McCracken County Sheriff’s Office warns people after a scam on Facebook Marketplace.
The sheriff’s office took two separate calls in reference to a scam on Facebook Marketplace on Oct. 4.
The first caller was the owner of a home in West Paducah who had four citizens show up to pick up items they had paid for on FB Marketplace. The homeowner knew nothing about the items in question.
The sheriff’s office spoke to a victim from Metropolis, Ill. who had traveled to the address in West Paducah to pick up an item she had paid a deposit on. The homeowner said all four victims of the scam had paid money for items that did not exist.
The scammer’s profile has since been deleted on Facebook, according to the sheriff’s office.
People are reminded to be very aware of tactics scammers may use on social media. If the item is much cheaper than it should be, that’s usually a good sign as the scammer is trying to make a quick profit.
The McCracken County Sheriff’s Office urges people to use caution when purchasing items online.