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Online fraud warning after Gravesend victims conned out of cash

PUBLISHED: 12:50 21 March 2014 | UPDATED: 12:53 21 March 2014

Kent Police are warning online shoppers to be cautious after two Gravesend victims were duped into parting with cash by a fraudster.

They were among four people who paid for goods they saw advertised on a social networking site.

All transferred money to the “seller” but nothing was ever delivered.

Pc James Longhurst, a neighbourhood officer, said: “Our advice to anyone who shops online is to only buy from genuine companies and never send bank details in an email, as genuine companies will not ask you to do this as it is not secure.”

A 37-year-old man from Gillingham has been arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation and bailed.

Kent Police works closely with Action Fraud to share information on the latest crimes to help victims who have been targeted by fraudsters and to try and catch those responsible.

Anyone who thinks they have been a victim should contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

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