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OFT issue scam warning

Wed, 02 Nov 2016


The Isle of Man Office of Fair Trading is highlighting some of the recent scams it's dealt with in a bid to prevent others falling for the same tricks.

One local was recently offered £3500 by someone off-Island for a car they were trying to sell locally for £1000, but alerted authorities following a suspicious email exchange, while another hung up on a caller posing as her bank.

However, one shopper looking for a deal on a new television online ended up £600 out of pocket.

The seller was offering the item £400 cheaper than the normal retail price, but wanted £300 for delivery after payment had already been made.

The OFT also warns that the MoneyGram services, which was used to pay for the TV, offers no protection if goods don't arrive.

More advice on scams can be found of the OFT's website, or by contacting the office on 686500.

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