Man loses thousands in online scam

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A Lebanon man says he was scammed out of $2,500 after answering a Craigslist ad for a recreational vehicle.

According to a Laclede County Sheriff’s Department report, the man answered an ad for a 2006 Forest River Sandpiper. He told deputies he contacted the seller by email and they requested that he pay in Amazon gift cards. He purchased the cards Thursday at Lowe’s in Lebanon. The report said he then sent the PIN numbers off the gift cards to the email address. 

Deputies said the man told them he then received an email asking for an additional $1,000 on top of the $2,500 he had already sent, for insurance reasons. At this point, according to the report, he said he was beginning to suspect a scam and refused to pay any additional money. He said he attempted to call the seller several times but got no response. He then called Craigslist directly to request a refund. At the time of the report, he said Craigslist had not responded.

The report said he told deputies the ad has since been taken down. He was not able to get a screen shot of the description. 

The man said he sent his purchasing information to a person in Lawrence, Kan. The phone number he contacted had been disconnected, according to the report.

Deputies said the man told them he had also contacted the Lawrence Police Department and they told him they would send an officer to the address in the ad.


The Lebanon Daily Record

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