A nationwide scam is using addresses here in Nebraska as bait! Victims are being fooled into sending con artists money for classic cars that don't exist except in photos.
A classic Camaro posted on line caught the attention of a Louisiana collector. The seller who claimed to be in Omaha sent convincing proof to close the deal with Charles Johnson.
From Louisiana Johnson says tells Fact Finders, " I received photos and also a copy of a title from the State of Nebraska for this vehicle."
But before wiring a $6,000 down payment Johnson got suspicious. A closer look at the title shows why. A copy of what claims to be a certificate of title, State of Nebraska, doesn't look like any of the car titles we have here at WOWT6. If you scroll down the copy of the title and look at a state seal it's from the State of Maine.
Douglas County Sheriff investigator Lt. Mark Gentile is concerned victims will buy into the phony title. Gentile says, " Especially if they're from a different state, they're not going to recognize that as being any different and everything looks on the surface as legitimate but it isn't."
The address for the seller on the phony title is real but it's an Omaha car rental agency. The staff here hasn’t seen the Camaro or know the listed owner.
So far potential victims from other states haven't lost money, yet. The Nebraska department of motor vehicles is tracking the source of the phony titles.