Nunavut RCMP are warning that some people on Facebook have been posing as a dealership, pretending to sell all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles.
The police are urging Nunavummiut not to send money to anyone over Facebook without meeting the person first, or somehow confirming that a seller is legitimate.
The following approaches can be used to protect yourself from scams, according to the RCMP:
-Request the seller send a video of the machine running and make sure they include the vehicle’s serial number, or VIN. Then enter the VIN into the Carfax Canada website for a vehicle history — but be aware that using the Carfax service requires payment.
-Check the address on the invoice and ensure the machine is attached to a physical dealership
-If possible, check the vehicle in person
-Use a reputable payment option (such as Paypal), which can investigate fraud claims on your behalf. A reputable seller will welcome use of secure services.
-Do not allow anyone to pressure you in buying or sending more money without a background check
-When in doubt, walk away from the transaction and do not send money
Report any fraudulent activity to your local RCMP or make a report to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or visit their website online.