Buying and selling online has become increasingly popular here in Australia, with over 80% of us shopping online.

Every day, thousands of Queenslanders choose to buy and sell personal items, especially electronics, with mobile phones topping the list.

The police would like the local community to be mindful when selling and buying items online.

So far this year, police have seen an increase in robbery offenses involving buying and selling on online platforms in the South Brisbane area, and over the past week there have been several incidents.

On Saturday February 5 at 4 p.m., a man had arranged to meet a potential buyer in order to sell a watch. The transaction was to take place in a public place on Mansburg Terrace, Darra.

It is alleged that the potential buyer claimed to only have a certain amount of money, but promised to transfer the rest electronically. The potential buyer reportedly seized the watch, assaulting the owner before fleeing with the watch. Investigations are continuing.

Police later charged a 21-year-old man from Hillcrest with attempted robbery. He is due to appear in the Richlands Magistrate Court on March 14. QP2200203510 refers.

At 6pm on Monday 14th February a man drove into the parking lot of a shopping center on Lorisch Way, Rochedale.

When the man opened the trunk of his vehicle, revealing three electric scooters, the two potential buyers reportedly grabbed the scooters, squabbling with the owner in the process. The alleged attackers then searched the vehicle, removing the vehicle keys and remote.

Police have charged a 21-year-old Woodbridge man with one count of armed robbery. He is due to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on March 8. QP2200263416 refers.

These are just two of many incidents that have occurred recently. The police would like to teach you how to stay safe and read below for tips on how to avoid becoming a victim.

If you buy or sell items online, please consider the following:

  • Follow online security advice from sources such as the Australian Cyber ​​Security Center on how to buy/sell safely online
  • Find out about the buyer/seller before you meet. Social media pages that have been created recently or have only a few followers may indicate that they are fake
  • Look for pages where the conversation is one-way by the page owner, with little or no engagement from the page’s community
  • Check online shopping sites for secure payment methods. Never pay by money order, pre-loaded bank cards or bank transfer
  • Do not accept screenshots as proof of payment
  • Do not meet strangers at night or in secluded or private places. Your personal safety is your priority when arranging an appointment. Consider meeting in a public space during the day where there is lots of CCTV and people around
  • Bring a family member or friend with you, this increases your safety and provides a potential witness if needed
  • Consider your surroundings and trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable with any aspect of the sale or purchase, cancel the meeting
  • Record the details of the person you are meeting, including name, email address, phone number and registration numbers.

If you have any information for the police, contact Policelink by providing information using the 24-hour online Suspicious Activity Form at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.

Report crime information anonymously through Crime Stoppers. Call 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestoppersqld.com.au.

Quote these reference numbers: QP2200203510, QP2200263416.