Members of the public are being warned to be wary of online scams that trick persons into responding to online advertisements.
This after the TTPS noticed an increase of victims being fleeced of large sums of money by criminals through local online scams.
These advertising scams usually involve the offer of vehicles for sale, cellular devices, and electronics at extremely low prices. Unsuspecting buyers, who respond to these advertisements, are then robbed at gunpoint and assaulted.
The police service says if an offer made online or otherwise appears too good to be true; then it is highly possible, it is a scam.
It says where an item has been offered for sale online, at no time should the potential buyer meet the purported seller at an isolated or lonely location.
Furthermore, it says any transaction involving cash payment of large sums of money to unknown persons should be avoided.
Anyone who may have been a victim of social media scams carried out locally are advised to make a report to the nearest police station or call 999.