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Saint Lucia Police Charge Man In Facebook Vehicle Sale Scam

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Over the past years and months, the Royal St Lucia Police Force has made significant efforts to raise public awareness about the risks associated with purchasing vehicles via Facebook.

These efforts have been aimed at educating the public about the dangers of such transactions and encouraging caution when engaging with unknown sellers.

On Tuesday, October 17, 2023, about 11: 00a.m, a joint effort by the Central Division of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force, led to the apprehension of a suspect who was attempting to deceive a potential buyer through Facebook.

The officers proceeded to a location indicated to them where they intercepted the suspect identified as Shorn Poleon.

A search of his person revealed a vehicle key and one cell phone, which he used to communicate to his potential victim.

Shorn Poleon was subsequently arrested under section 80 of the Criminal Code of St. Lucia 2013 for the offense of Preparation for the Commission of a Crime.

He was later charged and taken to the Magistrate Court where bail was set for the sum of five thousand dollars ($5,000.00).

The matter was adjourned to the 15th of November 2023.

The rise in criminal activities related to Facebook vehicle purchases in Saint Lucia poses a significant threat to public safety.

Law enforcement agencies, in collaboration with online platforms, must continue their efforts to raise awareness and apprehend individuals involved in these fraudulent schemes.

By addressing this issue, authorities can better protect potential victims and deter criminals from engaging in these illegal activities.

It is crucial to emphasize that this latest arrest represents just one step in the ongoing investigations into the criminal activities associated with fraudulent vehicle transactions on social media platforms.

The presence of multiple perpetrators working in coordination or individually is a matter of significant concern for law enforcement.

The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force is committed to using all available resources and collaborating with various units, to dismantle this criminal ring.

SOURCE: Royal Saint Lucia Police Force. Headline photo (Internet stock image)

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18 COMMENTS

  1. Bail was set for $5,000.00??
    For a crime which “poses a significant threat to public safety”??
    Only $5,000.00??

  2. Adjournment, haha. Another case that will never see trial. It will adjourn and adjourn until it is thrown out of the window.

  3. IN THE PAST A GENTLEMAN HAD AN EXPERIENCE JUST THE SAME AND HE WAS KILLED , HE BROUGHT HIS GIRL FOR COMPANY SHE WAS SHOT, THEY KNEW THE PERSON THAT WANTED TO PURCHASE THE CAR IT WAS A FRIEND. HE LOST HIS LIFE THAT PERSON IS IN PRISON , BUT THIS GUY PAID $5000.00 BAIL AND ON THE STREET TO DO THE SAME THING TO SOMEONE ELSE??? OMG
    SOMETHING IS DEFINATELY WRONG HERE.

  4. @To Kool you are correct. In addition, I have read so many post regarding folk getting hurt/killed in the process of these very vehicle purchase scams. YET STILL some Lucians still continue to put themselves at risk with these bogus and dangerous transactions— people wake up.

  5. people will start to retaliate with bodies turning up at random locations, because the justice system is failing them.

  6. am glad they caught him but what led to the police suspicion? is it the area he wanted to meet the potential buyer? or did he never show up with the car? These days when ever buying a car people should go with the police especially from Facebook

  7. Re Article.. Blame the people that understands what they read on Facebook.. Folks If it’s too good to be true IT is not true..
    Don’t blame the scammers.. They are called capitalism..
    I endorse my thoughts and observations..

  8. This shouldn’t even make news. U mean Lucians still using fb to buy vehicles and agreeing to meet ppl in remote areas. Chooppss tan. Well all u deserve to be scammed.

  9. When buying a vehicle from an individual always have the vehicle inspected by a mechanic of your choice, and verify the documents, and execute the transaction at a police station. People, stop thinking that you can get a Mercedes for a bicycle price.

  10. This is a little off topic but LUCIANS, STOP BUYING VEHICLES FROM ONE ROOF AUTOS. THESE PEOPLE ARE SCAMMERS. IF SOMEONE TELLS YOU THEY HAVE THIS GREAT VEHICLE AT AN AMAZING PRICE FROM ONE ROOF AUTOS….RUN!!!

  11. Simple as to keep away !
    I refused myself and ban myself from face book, because it is evil 😈 and it is the envious way of tempting man…
    Just name it connections :
    The last bride to be married Via …
    is still waiting in church,yet no appearence of the husband (groom, from america after fifteen yrs still waiting in church in Castres in 🇱🇨 St Lucia

  12. Job well done to the Royal Police, it’s about time that the police start strapping those good for nothing criminals. Kudos!

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