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watch out UK cops' warning after 'Irish' Facebook Marketplace scammer took goods worth £1,800

The scammer has so far taken an Apple watch and Nikon camera worth £1,800


(Pic: Dominic Lipinski/PA)

(Pic: Dominic Lipinski/PA)

(Pic: Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Police in the UK have issued a warning about a Facebook scam involving an Irish-accented scamster.

Members of the public have made a number of complaints regarding items sold on Facebook Marketplace in recent months.

It involves the buyer, who identifies themselves as Peter Shyne, arriving to people’s homes following a purchase agreement on an item they advertised on Facebook.

Shyne shows a banking app on a phone confirming payment - but it subsequently emerges the account is fake and payment hasn’t been made.

Items taken so far include an Apple watch and Nikon camera, with goods involved totalling £1,800.

The man involved has been described as having a strong Irish accent and is wearing a baseball cap and facemask.

PC Clare Horner-Locko said: “We have had at least eight of these reported to us in West Sussex, with another in East Sussex.

“The concern is there are more victims out there. We’d like to like to hear from anyone who has been affected by an incident like this so we can gather as much information as possible and stop this scam from carrying on.”

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