Local woman on the hook for thousands after car stolen in Craigslist scam - KMOV.com

Local woman on the hook for thousands after car stolen in Craigslist scam

(KMOV.com) -- Police say they are investigating after a man apparently used a fake check to purchase a car off of Craigslist from a Park Hills woman who's now on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars.

Authorities say the victim posted an ad on Craiglist for a 2013 Dodge Challenger. She was contacted by a man from Chicago who agreed to buy the car.

The buyer told the woman he would go through the bank to pay off  the more than $25,000 still owed on the loan. The woman's bank cashed the check and alerted her the loan had been paid off.

When the victim went to hand the vehicle over, a woman showed up saying she'd been hired by the man to pick up the car.

Days after it was sold, the woman's bank called telling her the check had bounced and she still owed the loan money.

Park Hills Police Detective Mike Kurtz learned the woman who picked up the vehicle is on probation and has 17 pages of criminal history, including forgery.

But police say she appears to be the victim of the scam as well. They believe the man who contacted responded to the ad organized the operation. 

The car was later found in Chicago.

Kurtz contacted the bank branch and was informed that someone obtained an account number, which has since been closed, and has been generating fake checks on the account for almost two years.

 

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