How not to fall victim to an Internet scam

How not to fall victim to an Internet scam
CrimeTracker

POSTED: Friday, May 18, 2012 - 4:36pm

UPDATED: Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 2:55pm

Eighty percent of people in the United States use the Internet, but not all of them use it ethically. Thirty-two year old Charles Hilliard is accused of using the Internet to scam people.

"We have some specific instances where he came to individuals' homes and he helped them move items within the home and while he was there he was helping himself to their personal items," says L'Jean McNeely of the Baton Rouge Police Department.

Hilliard had advertised himself on Craigslist under the title "To Hire a Mover" He's accused of stealing more than $2000 in electronics like cell phones and laptops from two different people last week. One of the stolen items led police to Hilliard.

"We found information through one of the victims. He was able to track one of his phones. His phone that was actually taken helped us find out where he was and led to his arrest," says McNeely.

"The type of offer that is too good to be true usually is," says JIm Stalls of the Better Business Bureau.

Stalls says sites like Craigslist aren't responsible for any losses people have from people using them. That's why people need to do some digging before hiring anyone for a job.

"When making those decisions they need to just step back and make sure they're making a good decision. It involves taking some steps to protect themselves in making that decision," says Stalls.

But when dealing with movers there are some specific steps you need to take to make sure you're not the next victim.

"Check with the Department of Transportation, Public Service Commission. Moving compaines are required to be licensed by the Public Service Commission" says Stalls

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