Make sure you don’t get burned!

West Shore RCMP are warning the public after receiving multiple reports of online firewood fraud.

According to police, an investigation is underway after at least two reports where victims were defrauded of their money after responding to an online Facebook Marketplace ad.

The ad, claiming to sell firewood, attracted interested buyers, who sent money to an account via e-transfer and did not receive the wood that was supposed to be delivered.

“Investigators are currently working to identify the suspect and we want to warn potential buyers to beware of this scam,” said Cpl. Nancy Saggar, media relations officer of the West Shore RCMP.

“Buying items from a private seller online always carries an element of risk. It’s a good idea to only pay upon delivery or pick-up to avoid such scams.”

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