Craigslist scam targets local sellers

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Police say online scams are a growing problem all across the country.

"We want people to be aware," said Trooper Shaun Little.

Recently it has been affecting people right here in Eastern Kentucky. State police at Post 9 in Pikeville say they have gotten reports of Craigslist scams from all across the area. It is targeted toward local sellers.

"Once they have negotiated the price and concluded the transactions these online perpetrators are sending cashier's checks to the sellers of those items," said Little.

That is when things start to go wrong. The checks are fake and written for an amount more than the agreed sale price was.

"They are saying that it was a mistake in the check so if they would cash the check and send the remainder back," said Little.

The return address is located in the United Kingdom. Police say that was a red flag.

Craigslist warns against these kinds of scams saying fake cashier checks are common, and if banks cash them you could be held responsible.

"If you receive a check, and it's a greater amount than what the sale price was, there's probably a reason," said Little.

Police say a little common sense can go a long way in keeping you safe from scams.

"I don't know anybody that would want to give you double the amount of the sale price," said Little.

If you think you have been a victim of an online scam, you should contact state police.

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