Police have issued an appeal to find three men who attacked and robbed a man who had travelled to Birmingham to collect and pay for a car he had bought on Facebook.
Gian Bocchetti who lives in Bournmouth, Dorset had purchased the vehicle via an advert on the social media site and had arranged to pick it up in the city.
But when the dad met the seller at New Street station, he was lured to an alleyway in nearby Bath Passage where two other men punched him in the face before swiping his rucksack containing a large amount of cash.
The 36-year -old previously told BirminghamLive he had ‘feared for his life’.
“I’ve been beaten and I feared for my life,” the father said.
“I’ve been robbed on the night of Tuesday after agreeing a sale on Facebook for a car. I was met by an individual on the Birmingham station after travelling from Bournemouth.
“He walked me from the station to an alleyway where the other two were waiting. These three attacked me, stealing my rucksack and the money inside of it.”
The gang fled the scene and officers have now launched an appeal to find them.
Mr Bocchetti took selfies showing his ripped T-shirt following his ordeal.
He added: “Police filled in a report but I am completely hopeless. This is just a heads up for everyone out there not to ever agree to a sale on Facebook demanding things and asking you to rush with money.”
“Shortly before midnight a man, who had travelled into the city to buy a car, met the seller at New Street station.
“They walked to Bath Passage where the victim was approached by two other men. He was attacked and punched in the face before his rucksack, containing a large quantity of cash, was stolen.”
A spokesman for Facebook added: “As discussed, Facebook’s Help Centre contains a range of advice for users, including on how to stay safe when purchasing products on Facebook Marketplace.
“Specifically, you can find Facebook’s tips for meeting someone from Facebook Marketplace in person.”