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Media Relations Dept.
Police Headquarters
P.O. Box HM 530
Tel: (441) 299-4249/4291/4321
Fax: (441) 299-4322
E-mail: Police Media Relations

Date:Wednesday, December 07,2022
Distribution: All Media

Renewed Social Media Scam Advisory

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) recently issued a warning against making online payments to purchase goods advertised for sale on several social media platforms, mainly Instagram, only to then not receive the items paid for.

Those involved in this scam have continued to exploit unsuspecting persons and have used methods such as offering high end items such as furniture and appliances for sale at significantly reduced cost. Once an expression of interest is received from a prospective buyer, the would be seller then attempts to hasten payment by claiming there is a lot of interest in the item. Individuals not wanting to lose out on a “deal”, then make the payment and never receive the items advertised.

So far an estimated ten thousand dollars has been lost by individuals as a result of this illegal activity.

There is one particular fraudulent Instagram account which is being used to promote these items for sale, kamd_xo. The public is advised to ignore any advertisements posted under this account or any other Instagram account where the seller insists you make payment before seeing the item.

The misuse of the kamd_xo account has been brought to the attention of Instagram.

Detective Sergeant, Seymour Foote of the Criminal Investigations Unit, stated, “As we’ve previously advised please take necessary precautions when making purchases, particularly, online purchases from private sellers.

    When buying from a private seller, avoid making electronic bank transfers.

    Make inquiries of and about the seller.

    Meet with the seller at a public location within easy view of other people.

    If possible, take someone along with you.

     Be sure to physically check items before making payment.

    Do not make payment before you have received the item.”

If you are suspicious about a seller or items advertised for sale on social media, simply do not make the purchase.

If you are a victim of this scam or have information on anyone engaging in it or, acts of similar nature, please call the BPS non-emergency reporting number, 211, the main police number 295-0011 or, 800-TIPS (8477).

You may also wish to use the BPS crime reporting portal: https://portal.police.bm/ or speak with a police officer you know.

Remember, “if it appears too good to be true, it probably is.”

All incidents are under investigation. Police are appealing to members of the public who have witnessed these incidents or may have information pertaining to them to contact their respective Police Station, Police Headquarters at 295-0011 or the confidential Crimestoppers Hotline on 1 (800) 623-8477.

Public & Media Relations Department