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Multiple people scammed trying to buy PlayStation 5, Highland police warn
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Multiple people scammed trying to buy PlayStation 5, Highland police warn

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STOCK Police - Highland

HIGHLAND — Several people have reported that someone posing as a GameStop employee accepted money for a discount PlayStation 5 that was never received, police said.

In each case, people told police they made a down payment of $250 through the app OfferUp, a Highland Police Department news release states.

When each buyer called the local GameStop after not hearing from the seller for several days, the store notified them the seller was not a store employee.

The buyers then contacted police.

Highland police are warning the public to never deal with strangers through money transfer apps, especially when someone requests money before a product is received. People should instead go through verified businesses.

"We always advise the public that if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is," the department said.

Police reminded the public the Highland Police Department lobby is open 24 hours a day.

Anyone can complete online sales transactions in the front lobby or front parking lot, both of which are monitored by security cameras, police said.

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