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6th of October, 2015

Don't fall victim to fraud on social media

Social media is a fantastic way to connect with old friends and meet new people. It has also become a marketplace, with people using sites like Facebook and Twitter to offer goods, jobs and services. There has been an explosion of people buying and selling items on social media, unfortunately this had led to an increase in the number of fraudsters targeting people on social media. Last week a family was left with virtually nothing after a 'man with a van' who they hired after seeing him on Facebook drove off with £10,000 worth of belongings while helping them move home.

By using 192.com you can help protect yourself from fraudsters, if you are looking at buying something or hiring someone via social media you can take some simple steps to make sure you know who you are dealing with. Using 192.com you can verify that the people you are dealing with are who they claim to be, by simply checking their name and address against a directory of 374 million records.

If you still have concerns you can purchase a background report to check further details such as County Court Judgements and Insolvency records.

192.com's Product Director, Dominic Blackburn commented; "Preventing fraud is a major aspect of what 192.com does, we help buyers and sellers gain confidence and build trust with people they deal with virtually. It's not just buying via social media that we recommend that you use our service, whilst other online retailers such as eBay offer protection after the transaction is made we help to give people confidence before the deal is done."

Using 192.com can also help give you peace of mind if you've just met a potential partner with their Check Your Date service, or are employing a new babysitter or a tradesman to work on your home. You can even use it if you want to double check that someone you already know can be trusted. You can do a free directory enquiries search by visiting 192.com or purchase a full Background Report from £14.99.

Notes to editors:

Credits are needed to search premium records and cost as little as £0.25 per credit.

You can view a sample background report by visiting here: http://statics.192.com/rel-4b735/downloads/Sample_Background_Report.pdf

People search is available here: http://www.192.com/people/

For further information contact:

Simon Kelman, 192.com, 0207 909 2151

About 192.com

192.com is the UK's most awarded online directory, helping millions of people every month to find people, businesses and places. The company hosts a database of nearly 1 billion records many of which are free including directory enquiry and local business searches as well as interactive mapping, aerial photography and property reports. Premium level access to the site will also allow you to search current and historical electoral rolls; birth and death marriage registers; and company and director reports.