Written by Lindsey Watson
Last updated on September 04, 2013 @ 7:16PM
Created on September 04, 2013 @ 6:12PM
Some users spend years on Craigslist buying, and selling many great things without ever running across a single scam.
Unfortunately, there is quite a bit of fraud activity going on on Craigslist here in our area.
Most often, scam victims are users new to Craigslist, but veterans do get trapped sometimes as well. It's always something that seems like the best deal around, and in this case it's a Kingmont home in the Fairmont area that's for sale.
It sounds like a great buy, $500 down to sign a lease, and with another two months rent, you get the keys. But for the Marion County Sheriff's Department, it's been a huge headache for 10 local people who have fallen victim to this recent internet scam, and are now out close to a thousand dollars for a deal that seemed to good to be true.
"The houses that they are using are the houses that are here for sale locally, and they are just taking the information off of the Internet,
posing as the owners of these houses, and then getting you to send the money by Western Union, and that's where the scam starts." said Chief Deputy Ralph Wright, with the Marion County Sheriff's Department.
As of right now, Chief Wright said they are continuing to investigate this scam that has been tracked all the way to Nigeria. For now, deputies suggest that no one send money to anyone over the internet or through Western Union who you've never met in person.
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Sep 04, 2013 at 8:45 PM
IF PEOPLE ARE THAT STUPID NOT TO KNOW WHEN SOMETHING IS A SCAM,THEN THEY DESERVE TO LOSE THEIR MONEY.