Online Seller Exposes Scam

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POSTED: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 4:02pm

UPDATED: Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 9:05am

Anthony Esquivel from Brownsville says he got more than he bargained for when putting his Dodge truck on sale on Craigslist. He put it on sale for $1,900 and got a response back from a buyer from out of town that was offering way more than he asking for. Esquivel says that was first of several red flags this was a scam.

"I was asking for $1,900 he said he was going to give me $2,900." said Esquivel.
"He wouldn't give any identification of who he was, wouldn’t give much of his first or last name."
"Craigslist is designed to be local it’s something you want to meet a person at."

Esquivel says he knew this was some type of scam but continued on to see if he could get law enforcement involved and maybe help others from getting victimized.

Esquivel received this check Tuesday for his dodge truck.
The check was for $4,000 raising another red flag.

"It had a name of Amy on the check from Oregon, the name on UPS package was different then the name I was talking to."

The first thing Esquivel did was take the check to police who now have the check in their possession and are investigating.
But still curious about this suspicious buyer, Esquivel continued texting with him on the phone.
The buyer told Esquivel to cash the check into his account, keep his $2,900 for the truck and send the remaining money via money gram immediately to an address in Louisiana.

"The minute you cash that check we will have someone to pick up the cash, let us know, well have someone to pick up the money in 5 minutes, they were ready to pick the money and run, it was awkward." said Esquivel.

The buyer claimed that the money was going to a person in Louisiana who was going to pick up the truck and deliver it to him. The buyer claimed that money would cover these traveling expenses.

"He was going make a thousand bucks easy and put it on my bill." Said Esquivel.

If Esquivel had fallen for the scam. He would had to pay back a thousand bucks to the bank for the bounced check.
Even though the fake check is with police Esquivel texted the buyer saying he was trying to cash the check, but there was a problem.

"I ended it there, told him about Wells Fargo, the police department, and had some issues I needed an ID a lan line and someone to call me directly and that was last text, I think he figured out something was going on.”

Esquivel says he has not received any more texts from the buyer.

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