St. Louis woman swindled by person posing as military member online

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on October 15, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 15 at 7:00 PM

(KMOV) – It’s bad enough to have a car stolen but a St. Louis woman is upset after being hit by thieves twice.

"That was it, no money, no vehicle, no way to work, go get a metro pass,” said Dawn McMurry

The second attack took place on the internet and now she’s issuing a warning after calling News 4’s Mike Colombo.

After McCurry’s car was stolen in September, she turned to Craigslist for the next vehicle purchase. Soon she heard from a woman who said she was in the Navy and about to be deployed. The woman wanted to sell her SUV, cheap.

“She said, we'll go through EBay motors, so we both have security on this transaction so, I thought that was a good idea,” said McCurry.

On September 18, McCurry transferred $2,400 through Money Gram plus $178 fee for sending.

Then when the woman wanted more money, McCurry knew she had been had.  "And it was such a sinking feeling, because now I'm out the money - I'm out the car,” said McCurry.

An EBay spokesperson told News 4’s Colombo, McCurry is a victim of a common and sophisticated scam.

Scammers hijack an ad from Craigslist then ask to finish the deal on EBay. Buyers think they are covered by EBay’s protection plan but those protections only apply for deals that start and end on EBay.

McCurry said, “I feel like such a fool, because it’s going to be months before I make the money to get another vehicle."

She is telling her story because she wanted people to be aware of scams like this.

EBay offers these tips to protect you. Don’t trust any deal that starts on one website then moves to another. Beware of unbelievably low prices. Always try to avoid sending money by wire or money-card. Whenever possible, arrange to make payments in person and always ask a lot of questions. 

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