MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson is warning consumers about the dangers of buying and selling items via the internet.
A local resident posted a vehicle for sale on Craigslist – asking price $600.00
The potential buyer contacted the seller agreeing to purchase the car for said price.
The subject who goes by the name “Gray Smith” sent the buyer a phony National Association of Realtors check for $2,450.
Knowing the amount far exceeded the price, the buyer instructed the seller to cash the check, and send back the overpayment.
Fortunately the buyer recognized it was a hoax. Instead of cashing it, he notified the Sheriff’s Office.
Once again, Sheriff Anderson is warning the public about monetary schemes created to steal your money, and cautions people about accepting overpayments, or responding to offers of cash for a contest they’ve never entered.
As the old adage goes, “If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”