POSTED: Monday, October 29, 2012 - 3:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, October 29, 2012 - 3:35pm
THIBODAUX, LA — Thibodaux Chief of Police Scott Silverii announced an Internet scam that has cost its victims several thousand dollars in losses.
It starts out on Craigslist, an Internet site used to buy and sell, where the victim sells an item to a buyer. The buyer, or scammer in this case, sends a check for well over the amount of the item being sold plus shipping and handling. The scammer then asks that the seller send back the amount left over. The seller, unaware, sends back the amount over the item being sold plus shipping and handling. The seller then realizes that the original check has bounced, after they already sent money to the scammer via money order.
Here is an example. The item being sold plus shipping and handling is $1,000. The scammer will send a check for $3,000 claiming the $3,000 should cover all the expenses, and asks for the amount over to be sent back. The seller, or victim, then sends $2,000 back to the scammer. The seller then realizes that the $3,000 check has bounced, and they sent $2,000 to the scammer. The victim suffered a monetary loss of $2,000. The scammer uses false information, making it difficult for law enforcement to track down.
Chief Silverii and the Thibodaux Police Department caution all its partners to be mindful when making purchases on the Internet.