Scammers use checks, Craigslist to deceive


NAPLES, Fla. – A Collier County detective nearly became a victim of a Craiglist scam after trying to sell items on the website.

Collier County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Ray Erickson said he received an immediate response after posting some spare car seats to Craiglist.

“I had a set of Jeep seats for sale on Craigslist and the guy turned around and emailed me, texted me immediately wanting to buy the seats,” Erickson said.

The deal continued but the buyer sent a check for $1,450, which was more than Erickson’s asking price. Then the buyer requested the excess amount back.

Many people would respond to a similar situation by returning the difference back to the buyer, Erickson said. But the generous check was all the detective needed to know the buyer was trying to reel him into a scam.

He said the check was probably fraudulent, even though it was from a registered business, and likely would have bounced.

“I would have lost all that money out of my account because his check would have bounced in two to three weeks,” Erickson said.

Erickson kept a trail of evidence documenting his interactions with the scammer. His paperwork has been handed over to the Financial Crimes Bureau.

The sheriff’s office asks that online sellers report suspected scams.

Copyright ©2024 Fort Myers Broadcasting. All rights reserved.

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without prior written consent.