Police warn social media users to be vigilant buying/selling online

Suffolk Police are warning social media users to be vigilant when buying and selling items online.

The advice comes after police were called following an incident in Mildenhall where a car was reportedly damaged by two unknown men posing as potential buyers.

At some point between 5pm and 6pm on Saturday 17 August, the suspects attended a residence in the vicinity of College Heath Road claiming to be interested in a car that had been posted as for sale online.

It was reported that while the victim was distracted in conversation with one of the men, the other poured what is believed to be oil in the coolant tank and an unknown substance in the exhaust. The vehicle was then taken out for a test drive by the suspects and the exhaust has started to smoke, leading them to offer a considerably discounted price for the car which the owner declined.

It was reported the suspects then suggested the victim pay them for wasting their time, which was again declined. The men left empty handed.

The first suspect is described as being of tanned complexion, in his late 30s, approximately 5ft 9ins tall and of stocky build. He is described as being bald and was wearing a white T-shirt.

The second suspect is described as being of tanned complexion, in his mid-20s, approximately 6ftins tall and of slim build. He had black, short hair and was wearing jeans with a blue top.

Police are advising those who use online selling sites to exercise caution, particularly in circumstances where payment has not been made in advance. Sellers are advised to review a buyer’s profile to check their history and that they have genuine details. If you have any suspicions or concerns about the person you are dealing with, walk away.

If you believe you have been targeted in similar circumstances or think you may know who is committing crime in this way, please contact the Incident and Crime Management Hub at Suffolk Police quoting reference 37/49725/19 via:

Website: http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/existing-report-update 

Email: ICMH@suffolk.pnn.police.uk

Crimestoppers – Contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Phone – call 101