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Craig's List scam reported here

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The Porter County Sheriff’s Police has taken the report of a Liberty Township resident who was the target of a Craig’s List scammer.

According to police, on Wednesday the resident advised that, in response to his sale ad on Craig’s List, a person calling himself “Bobby James” e-mailed him to say that he wished to purchase the item in question. James subsequently sent the resident a check in the amount of $1,950, more than the agreed-upon purchase price, and told the resident to keep the purchase price and an extra $100 for “his time and troubles” but to return the unneeded balance of the check.

The resident subsequently learned that the out-of-state check had bounced, police said.

The resident added that he had been instructed to send the item for purchase to James at an address in Oklahoma City, Okla., and the refund money to a “Johnny Parker” at an address in Moore Park, Calif.



Posted 9/1/2011