Launceston man charged over social media sales dishonesty

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A 22-year-old Launceston man has been remanded in custody after allegedly us­ing false pretences to obtain more than $200,000 worth of property.

Initially the man was charged over a series of incidents relating to mobile phone sales on social media, but detectives have since identified several further matters.

Police will allege that, with­in a period of 6 days, the man used false pretences to obtain cars, motorcycles, trailers, and electron­ic goods to the value of $200,000.

The allegations include that the man dishonestly obtained the property from people attempting to sell them on Facebook mar­ketplace, after presenting a falsified bank transfer receipt.

“This man reportedly ‘doc­tored’ bank transfer receipts and claimed these were proof that payment had been made,” said Detective Sergeant Luke Negri.

“People have then handed over the property in good faith, and the bank transfer has not occurred.”

“Police would like to remind Tasmanians to be careful when buying and selling goods online.”

“People selling items should ensure the payment has been received before hand­ing any goods over to the buyer.”

“People should also take further steps to confirm the identity of the buyer where possible.”

The man will appear in the Devonport Magistrates Court at a later date.

Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at the Devonport Criminal Investigation Branch on (03) 64784 036. Informa­tion can also be provided to Crime Stoppers at crimes­topperstas.com.au. You can stay anonymous.

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