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Internet / Mobile App Sales

Post Date:06/08/2018 1:01 PM


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Gina V. Hawkins

Chief of Police

Release: IMMEDIATE    

Media Contact: Sgt. S. Strepay, Public Information Officer

Media Inquiries: (910) 433-1487 

Date: June 8, 2018          



Internet / Mobile App Sales


(Fayetteville, NC) – The Fayetteville Police Department would to like to offer a few tips for the summer months as it relates to internet / mobile app sales and meeting individuals for the completion of the sale.  The Fayetteville Police Department has investigated instances of individuals who located what appeared to be a great deal through an internet sales website or sales app, and upon meeting the seller, the citizen was robbed or defrauded, to include counterfeit money being used to complete a sale or purchase. 


There are a number of enticing deals posted on internet sales websites and mobile sales apps; however a suspect may only be concerned of how they can separate you from your hard earned money without exchanging any property or by defrauding you with counterfeit money or products.  The Fayetteville Police Department is providing a few tips to decrease the likelihood of citizens becoming a victim of a crime while conducting the face to face transaction.


  • Never meet in a secluded location that is not populated or well lit.
  • Consider meeting at the Police Department or one of the Police Substations. We offer our lobby and parking lots as a courtesy to conduct these transactions.
    • 467 Hay Street – Main Police Department
    • 3811 Sycamore Dairy Road – Central District Substation
    • 6147 Raeford Road – Cross Creek District Substation


  • Consider arranging to meet during the daytime in a well populated area.
  • Arrange to meet at a public building.
  • Be alert of your surroundings when you arrive to meet the seller.
  • Do not agree to meet the seller alone.
  • If the deal seems too good to be true; be alert to a possible scam.
  • Be alert of the possibility of receiving counterfeit currency:
    • The money doesn’t feel like real currency.
    • The money is printed on glossy paper or copy paper.
    • The images are not as crisp or sharp as real currency.
    • The money does not have a watermark or security strip visible.
    • The money states “Only Motion Picture Purposes.”


  • Call 911 if you have any concerns or if you feel you have been the victim of a fraud. 


Anyone with information regarding fraudulent internet sales activity or robbery motivated sales is asked to contact the Fayetteville Police Department at (910) 433-1856 or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477). Crimestoppers information can also be submitted electronically, by visiting and completing the anonymous online tip sheet, or by downloading the FREE “P3 Tips” app available for Apple devices in the Apple App Store and available for Android devices in Google Play.

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