Concerns rise as Facebook Marketplace scams run rampant in Cape Coral

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CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Cape Coral residents are concerned about who they are selling items to over Facebook.

Resident Jennifer Kirk has been selling items online since the 90’s, and she still uses it daily to sell furniture she refurbishes.

Although lately she has been cautious about who she’s selling to.

“I have a hard time trusting people now because of all the scammers,” Kirk said.

When she posts items to sell, messages will appear almost instantly in her inbox.

Many times these accounts are asking for phone numbers and personal addresses, right away.

“It’s like ten a day, it’s crazy,” she said.

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When she gets these fishy messages, Kirk said she looks into each account sending them.

“You can see that they’ve changed their picture within 24 hours,” she said. “There is nothing in there like work history, you cant view anything about them, but what’s funny is that they always change their profile picture within a day or two.”

She does that all before sending them a message back.

“There is no reason to give out a phone number because you can just say, this is where I want to meet or pick up and that should be it,” Kirk said.

Cape Coral Police said the best ways to protect yourself from scammers is not giving out too much personal information, and keep in mind if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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