Victim Narrowly Avoids Craigslist Scam


Making a deal online is common, but using the Internet can provide scammers with a way to fool people out of their money.

Drew and his band almost got caught in one con-man's snare. Drew put a music mixer on Craigslist for $250, but the buyer sent a check for more than $1,600.

"They're good at it, they know what they're doing, know the right things to say and how to mislead you," Drew says.

When Drew received the check for seven times the amount he asked for, he knew he'd hit a sour note. Instead of cashing the check and wiring the difference to the buyer, Drew filed a police report. A Sarpy County detective says it was smart for Drew not to play along.

"We've had quite a few victims that have unfortunately succumbed to this," said deputy Matt Barrall. "As soon as they see that extra amount they think they can pocket even a little more money. Then what happens is they're out the entire amount."

Drew says the check from an arts center for a sound mixer seemed legitimate but he saw other red flags.

"When you receive a check and it's more than what you asked for, people aren't that cool just to give you free money," Drew said.

One more red flag to watch out for is if you don't see a phone number on the check. That way, you can't verify that the check is valid.


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