Lincolnshire Police put out warning over online scammers
Police have put out a warning about a Pay Pal scam.
Officers say they have seen an increase of reports from people who have received Facebook Messenger messages requesting the use of a Pal Pal account to receive funds from an eBay sale.
A social media post states: "The request is that the message recipient receives the funds into their own PayPal account, then, after transferring it into their own bank account, they forward it onto an account controlled by the fraudster.
"If the victim agrees the payment is transferred into their PayPal account but, after the money is transferred out, the initial transaction is reversed leaving the account in negative balance.
"Multiple reports have also been received from victims stating that their Facebook Messenger accounts have been hacked and that these fraudulent messages have been sent to all their contacts on their behalf.
"In order to keep safe:
"Verify financial requests: Be wary of unusual messages asking for assistance with financial transactions.Even if the message appears to be from someone you know and trust, you should check it’s really them that sent the message by calling them or speaking with them in person.
"If you have made a payment: Inform your bank, or payment service provider, such as PayPal, as soon as possible. They can help you prevent any further losses. You should also monitor your bank statements regularly for any unusual activity."