Woodstock police warn against counterfeit cash and online scams

by | Dec 21, 2023

WPF offers tips to stay safe against sketchy transactions

Woodstock Police Force reported its officers responded to an incident Tuesday night, Dec. 19, where an individual attempted to use $800 in counterfeit Canadian currency for a computer purchase on Facebook Marketplace. 

“As we approach the holiday season, it’s crucial to stay vigilant when buying or selling items online,” the WPF said in a statement. 

The police offered several tips to avoid falling victim to scams and quickly recognize counterfeit currency:

Fact Check: Whether you’re the buyer or seller, conduct a quick fact check on potential transaction partners. Look out for fake profiles and offers. For guidance on spotting fake Facebook accounts, check out: 6 Checks to Spot Fake Facebook Profile and People (malwarefox.com)

Trust Your Instincts: If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. Be skeptical of offers that raise red flags, and don’t rush into transactions without proper verification.

Secure Transactions: Whenever possible, use secure payment methods such as PayPal or other traceable options. Avoid cash transactions, especially for high-value items.

“Let’s work together to create a safe and secure online environment, the WPF stated in its release. “Report any suspicious activity to The Woodstock Police, and remember, your safety comes first!”

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