Members of the public are being warned to be wary of falling prey to online scams.
It comes from the Police Service, who says unsuspecting persons are robbed by criminals who create fake social media profiles, which are then used to trick persons into responding to advertisement placed online.
The warning it says follows an increase in reports of local online scams that result in victims being fleeced of large sums of money by criminals.
The TTPS adds that these social media advertising scams usually involve the offer of vehicles for sale, cellular devices, and electronics including television sets, sound systems and other items, at extremely low prices.
The unsuspecting buyers, who respond to these advertisements, are then robbed at gunpoint and assaulted.