An Garda Síochána are advising the public to exercise caution when carrying out transactions online due to a new phishing scam.

A recent report was made in the Ballymote District to Enniscrone Gardai which involved an attempt to commit fraud.

The potential injured party suspected something was amiss and thankfully erred on the side of caution.

An item of furniture was advertised online for sale.

The seller was contacted on Facebook messenger from a potential buyer who was willing to pay the asking price and also accept it without seeing it in person.

The buyer wished to send a courier, UPS, to collect it the following day and he stated it was urgent.

Later on the day, the buyer again contacted the seller and stated that there was an issue from UPS in arriving to collect the furniture and that they required payment from the seller in order to show that the sale is legit.

The seller then received an email from UPS asking them to pay a collection fee of €100 which the buyer had said he would cover in his payment.

The email appeared to have all the correct logos, links, a reference number and directions on how to register for payment.

The seller had a gut feeling that something was wrong and contacted the UPS Couriers directly, who in turn confirmed that the email was fake and that the reference number provided did not exist.