Small Car Leads To Big Scam

A Sarpy County car collector says he's been taken for a ride. He's not a rich man with a big lot someplace. This is a different kind of vehicle.

"Steve Johnson says, "Lots of fun."

Steve Johnson drives fast cars without ever jumping behind the wheel. He collects and runs remote control miniature racer cars.
Johnson says, "I’m thinking she'd probably do close to 40-45mph"

But remote control racing is not a cheap thrill. Johnson says of one of his buggies," I paid four and half for this one." And that's what Steve paid for another buggy offered on Craigslist.

But Steve says he feels like he lost control after sending four hundred fifty dollars and only getting excuses in return. The seller claiming to be in the middle of Iowa refused to meet Steve half way.
Johnson says, "He sent me a picture of a broken leg saying I can't meet you cause of a broken leg."

So Steve agreed to pay with Green Dot money pak cards that can be exchanged for cash anywhere once the access number is provided. Johnson says, " Everything went from being pretty excited and couldn't wait for this thing to show up at my door to being pretty bummed out after I realized I was scammed."

A Sarpy County sheriff’s detective is investigating but Steve’s money may be gone. He says any on line sale that involves cash instead of a credit card or escrow account he'll steer clear of from now on. Johnson says "Trust issues you kind of learn from that once you get taken for that kind of money."

The buggy seller didn't answer our call and he doesn't have voice mail. On the back there is a warning on how to use green dot money pack cards. Read it carefully because if scam artists get that money green dot is not responsible for paying you back.


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