Woman arrested in fraud scheme:
Here’s something you don’t see every day. Someone in the US was arrested for being part of the overpayment scam on craigslist.
Police in Charleston, SC arrested 55-year-old Nina Marie Meads. It seems that Meads was allegedly the go between for Nigerians committing the overpayment scam.
For those of you who don’t know how it works is that someone will post something for sale on craigslist then the seller will receive a check for more than the amount they asked for. The ‘buyer’ will say they sent that in error then ask the seller to wire them back the overpayment. After the seller wires back the difference they find out that the check was a fake and the seller is now on the hook for the money.
Police say that Meads was the go between who would get the money from the wiring service before sending it to her overlords in Nigeria.
How does one even get a job being a runner for Nigerian scammers? Do they advertise on craigslist?
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Anchorage man facing counterfeiting charges:
33-year-old Bradley Blodgett of Anchorage, Alaska has been charged with making counterfeit checks that are used in the craigslist fake check scam.
Blodgett was allegedly employed by the Nigerians to print out the fake checks and send them to the scam victims.
He’s looking at 25 years. Too bad we can’t get the Nigerians in charge of these scams.
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Brighton woman’s Craigslist puppy sale goes awry:
A woman from Brighton, Colorado could no longer care for her puppy so she sold it on craigslist. A woman paid her $150 by check. Not only was the check a fake but the ‘buyer’ turned around and was trying to sell the dog on craigslist.
I love animals and I know how hard it is to give away one of your pets. I couldn’t imagine the horror I would go through if I knew the pet that I had loved was being used for a craigslist scam.
I know that some people would want to recoup their ‘losses’ when trying to find a pert a new home but I would recommend trying to find an adoption shelter in your area instead.
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Woman falls victim to Craigslist check fraud:
This reminds me a lot of the tutor scam but both is a variation of the fake check scam.
Anyway what happened is that a woman in Clarksville, Tennessee was scammed out of $2,950. She had posted an ad on craigslist for her daycare service. The scam artist claimed to be from the UK and that he would be there on business and would pay $600. The scammer sent a check for $3,600 and asked the overage to be returned.
No wiring this time as the scammer met the victim in person. The victim had cashed the check and had given the scammer the money. Of course the check was fake.
However an arrest has been made. Police arrested 26-year-old Tarrance Kerry Freeman who allegedly tried to fake a seizure at the time of his arrest.
Remember people, a check for over the asking amount is fake.
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Deputies: Craigslist Seller Scammed By Buyer:
A woman from Boiling Springs, South Carolina is out of $1700 after cashing a fake check. She was selling a microwave on craigslist for $670 and received a check from a scammer calling himself Dr. Dreman. The victim cashed the check and wired the difference before finding out the check was a fake.
You know, craigslist does have the capability to block Nigerian IP addresses. I wonder if they’re getting Nigerian kickbacks.
I’m only half kidding about that.
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Craigslist can also be a haven for scams:
Besides obvious headline being obvious this article provides a lesson to be learned.
It’s basically your usual fake check scam where a woman in Sebring, Florida was trying to rent a property on craigslist and received two checks and was asked the wire the difference via Western Union.
If you’ve been paying attention you’ll know that checks over the asking amount and being asked to wire money are two huge red flags of a craigslist scam.
Luckily the woman was smart enough not to fall for the scam. However it seems that her friends are not the sharpest tools in the crayon box. They allegedly advised her to deposit the checks so the scammer can be charged with fraudulent check writing. That is possibly the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard when it comes to these scams. Surprisingly this is not the first time I’ve heard this. So let me repeat this and be perfectly clear.
Don’t ever cash a check that was sent to you that was over the asking amount…ever.
If you cash or deposit the checks and they turn out to be fakes you will be held responsible for that money to your bank. The scammer will more than likely not ever br prosecuted because for the most part they operate outside of the country and are very difficult to prosecute.
As I’ve said before the more knowledge that is out there for people not to fall for these scams then the scammers will stop trying to prey on people. Unfortunately that is the only way to stop them.
Family struggling to pay bills duped by fake cashier’s check:
This story happened back in February. A family from Onslow County, North Carolina were scammed when they sold their home entrainment center for $6000 on craigslist. They were paid with a cashier’s check in person that turned out to be a fake.
I received an e-mail from one of the family members saying they don’t want pity or want this to be a sob story but they want justice and want to be able to look the con artist in the eye. The family told me that the local police are swamped and haven’t been much help.
Please read the article to see if there is any information you might be able to give police.
Sheriff’s detectives are looking for a suspect described by witnesses as a white male with blond curly hair, green eyes and a short beard. He is around five feet 10 inches tall and weighs around 150 pounds. He was driving a 4-door older model white car with blue interior.
Crime Stoppers of Onslow County is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to an arrest or apprehension in the case.
Anyone with information concerning this incident can contact Onslow Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273 or the Onslow County Sheriff’s Department at 910-455-3113. Callers do not have to reveal their identities.