The Livingston County Sheriff's office investigated a report of a local citizen being ripped off $3,600 to a scam artist posting on Craigslist. The scammer listed he was selling a utility ATV and the local resident believed they were buying from a person in Carroll County, Mo. After all the email communication, the buyer wired $3,600 dollars to the seller and has since learned the posting was from a scammer and the person claiming to be from Carrollton was actually in the United Kingdom.
“Typically, with these types of crimes there is very little chance of recovering any money for the victim,” said Sheriff Steve Cox. “Fortunately, our citizen was not out more money and this serves as a classic example for people to be extremely cautious when doing business online. These criminals have evolved over the years to use all kinds of trickery to make their ploy to appear legitimate and safe.”