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Merriwether Man Reports Internet Scam after Losing $3,400

web posted July 29, 2014

MERRIWETHER A Merriwether man seeking to purchase a Ducati motorcycle that was listed on Craigslist ended up being scammed out of $3,400 before he contacted the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office. The man responded to the ad and spoke to a man on the phone who told him that his daughter was the one selling the motorcycle and gave the man an email address to contact her.

The man contacted the "daughter" who instructed him that she would contact him through EBay on how to purchase the motorcycle. He received an email instructing him to purchase $2,500 in "Green Dot" cards and mail them to her, which he did.

That should have been the first warning sign, most scammer want their victims to use virtually untraceable "Green Dot" or other such self loaded charge cards to ply money from their victims.

The man mailed the woman the cards only to receive another email telling him he needed to purchase an additional $900 in "green Dot" cards to pay for insurance on the motorcycle, which he did.

Of course, when the scam was complete, no one would return his calls or answer his emails to the "woman" selling the motorcycle. That is when the man called the Sheriff's Office.

The case has been turned over to investigators. No phone number or email address of the alleged scammers was provided in an incident report released on Monday. The content of the Craigslist ad, the phone number or the email address was also not available in order to warn other victims of the fake advertisement.

If provided, Edgefield Daily will research the information and provide where they originate.


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