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Limassol man falls victim to online scam, pays out over €4,000

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A 34-year-old from Limassol fell victim to an internet scam resulting in the loss of $4,628 €4,641) according to police.

The victim had complained to police that he had made an online purchase for several electric tools worth $800 for which he paid via credit card as indicated by the seller residing abroad.

The incident took place between August 17 and September 1, 2022.

Following the placing of the order, the seller then informed the customer that the tools had arrived at Limassol port but required more money for customs clearance and other expenses.

The complainant then proceeded to make three more deposits to the seller totaling $4,628 and only realised he was being scammed after the seller kept asking for more.

Limassol police are currently investigating.

In view of the incident police warns the public to be cautious.

If a member of the public finds something suspicious they should immediately inform the police and Cybercrime unit by phone at 22808200 or via an electronic form found at:

https://cybercrime.police.gov.cy/police/CyberCrime.nsf/subscribe_gr/subscribe_gr?OpenForm.

For more information on the various forms of online fraud visit:

www.cypruspolicenews.com and www.cyberalert.cy

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