The Fiji Police Force says it is yet to receive any report against the operations of EbayShop, and when reports are received, investigations will be conducted accordingly.
Following statements made by the Consumer Council of Fiji to ensure the enforcement agencies take swift action in such cases, Police say reports of online scams are being received throughout the divisions, mainly perpetrated by offenders who are operating from abroad.
However, they say for local online scams, 21 cases have been investigated and the offenders have been charged with Obtaining Financial Advantage by Deception.
Police also say Cyber Crime is working with mobile service providers in tracing perpetrators through their records with regards to MPAISA scams.
They say with all businesses conducted online it is important to carry out due diligence and thorough checks made to verify information before payment of money is done. Police urge members of the public to verify messages received and messages sent, as once money is sent, it is very difficult to recover.
There are reports where bonds for rental cars or apartments have been paid without proper verification and onsite visits.
All online transactions from an unverified source or platform must always be approached with caution, or avoid engaging altogether.
When questioned by fijivillage News, the Consumer Council of Fiji confirms that they will also refer the complaints to Police.
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