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Man defrauded after selling £32,000 of coins on eBay

Police are investigating after a man sold £32,000 worth of coins on eBay without receiving any payment.

The 70-year-old from Inverurie, Scotland was contacted by a man called 'Peter', asking to buy the collection of 52 London Mint coins.

He was defrauded over the space of two weeks:

  • 13 September - 'Peter' pays a fraudulent cheque from ‘Repack Services Limited' into a bank in Bury
  • 15 September - Victim arranges to meet ‘Peter’ at the Southwaite Services, just outside Carlisle on the M6 Southbound. ‘Peter’ sends an alleged courier called ‘Dave’
  • 18 September - The victim checked his bank account to find the money had been removed from his account, as the cheque was not honoured by the issuing bank as it was a forgery

‘Dave’ is described as a white man in his 50s.

In light of this crime the Police are urging anyone buying and selling items on the internet to be careful:

“This is obviously a large amount of money, and we are working hard to try and find whoever is responsible for this despicable fraud and bring them to justice. I would urge anyone who is aware of any coins matching the description above being sold to contact Cumbria Police on 101. I would also like to use this opportunity to urge people to be cautious when buying or selling goods over the internet. It can be a great way of selling specialist items and bringing like-minded people together – however, people do need to be careful when doing financial transactions over the internet.”

– DC Vicky Hughes, Cumbria Constabulary

Anyone with any information can call Cumbria Police on 101 and ask for Carlisle CID, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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