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Craigslist Scam Warning
JO DAVIESS COUNTY (CBS 2/FOX 28) --
Sheriff Kevin Turner is advising the public of an internet scam involving Craigs List.
In this particular scam, the offender will offer to buy a product that the victim has posted for sale. After making contact with the victim, the offender will inform the victim that they are going to mail a check for the product. The offender then advises the victim that the total amount of the check will consist of substantially more money than what the agreed-upon price of the product had been.
The offender then asks the victim to cash the check at their bank; take out the amount equaling the agreed-upon price of the product, and then wire the additional cash to a third party. The offender claims that the third party is a person who is going to be responsible for transporting the purchased product. They further explain that this additional money is for fees associated with the transport of the product.
Many times, the offender(s) may attempt to explain that they are too busy to wire the third party the funds so they are trusting you (the victim) to do it for them with the extra money they have provided in the check. They may also tell the victim that they can take out some extra money in order to compensate themselves for the extra work of wiring the cash to the third party.
The check that has been sent to the victim, however, is fraudulent. The offender is not interested in purchasing the item for sale, he/she is only interested in getting the seller to cash the fraudulent check and forward the extra cash to the third party. When the bank finally receives notice that the check was fraudulent, the seller will be responsible for reimbursing the bank.
Sheriff Turner is warning citizens, if using Craigs List (or any other such website), to never accept checks for more than the agreed-upon purchase price for your items, nor agree to wire a third party any money, and suggests when selling items on line, to insist on a cashiers check (instead of a personal check) for payment.