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St. Louis-area residents fall victim to Craigslist wire transfer scams

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By KMOV Web Producer By KMOV Web Producer

 (KMOV) –A blatant rip-off targeting your tax refunds is the latest “too good to be true” deals News 4’s Chris Nagus investigates.

Leslie Bridges say a great deal on Craigslist and determined to use her tax refund on a Yukon Denali for $2,500.

The seller asked her to wire the money via MoneyGram to Meridian, Mississippi but according to the MoneyGram security, the money was picked up in Baton Rouge.

She didn’t get a car and her money was gone.

Brittany Gasawski, 18, lost $3,100 in two separate wire transfers. Her money was picked up in Alabama. She never got her SUV and her money was also gone.

Kim Garner, Vice President of Security for MoneyGram said many of the so-called sellers pick up wire funds using a fake ID.

Bridges reported her theft to the Alton Police Department and Gasawski reported hers to Belleville.

Garner said they will work with police to track to surveillance video if they request their help.

This type of fraud is a huge deal.

Garner said they refund $10 million a month with most transactions flagged by MoneyGram. Strangers sending money out of state to people they never met.

Something both Gasawski and Bridges regret.

Bottom line, if you’re buying something online, make sure you can meet the seller in person. Don’t trust that your car or anything else will actually be shipped here.

If you do get ripped off, report it to the police immediately. You can also report it to MoneyGram directly. 

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