Thames Valley Police has issued advice to residents following a number of incidents involving a fake bank transfer app.

There have been a number of reports that the app creates an image suggesting that the transfer has been made when it has not.

E-commerce sites such as Facebook Marketplace, eBay and Gumtree have reported incidents to TVP, with offenders using this app to pretend to pay for goods they have agreed to purchase.

It is believed that offenders have been targeting vulnerable individuals, including the elderly.

TVP have offered this advice to those looking to send items online:

“Make sure you receive payment confirmation before sending goods.

“Check your account online or ask your bank to make sure cleared funds have been received.

“Take pictures of items before posting them so you have proof of condition in case of a fraudulent claim. “

Click here for more information on how to keep safe when buying and selling goods online.