Craigslist scam reported in Quad Cities

A Quad City woman is warning Craigslist users of a scam.

At the beginning of April 2014, Sandy LeMaster, from Moline, posted an ad on Craigslist. She was selling her 1996 Pontiac Sunfire, “a fun little summer car,” for $1500.

A few days later, she had an interested buyer.

“He said that he wanted to buy it and that he had sent a check in the mail,” Sandy said.

The buyer said he would be sending extra money for the person he would have pick it up.

When the check arrived, it was made out for $2,517.13. That’s more than a thousand dollars of the selling price.

“I’m thinking, that’s an awful lot for a $1500 vehicle to have somebody ship this. That was my first red flag,” Sandy said.

Concerned, she took the check to the bank it was drawn from. That’s when the teller told her the news.

“This isn’t a good check. It’s already been drawn on and the account it’s been drawn on is closed,” the teller told Sandy.

Taking the check to the bank it was drawn from might have saved her $1500.

Sandy says one thing is for certain, she will only accept Paypal or cash when selling on Craigslist.

She has this advice for Craigslist users.

“Be careful. Unfortunately, there are people out there that want to take advantage of you,” Sandy said.

Sandy has since sold her car. She also filed a police report with the Moline Police Department.

 

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