Local Craigslist seller says scam artist used real company to write fake check - KMOV.com

Local Craigslist seller says scam artist used real company to write fake check

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- We’ve all heard of Craigslist buyers writing bad checks before. But one News 4 viewer says a man who conned him took scamming to a whole new level.

Bobby Barham had an ad on Craigslist that indicated his truck was wrecked and being sold for salvage at $1,500.

“People would want to buy parts off of it but this guy wanted the whole thing that quick within 24 hours,” Barham said. “Kind of sent up a little bit of a flag.”

That flag got a whole lot redder when the check arrived. Instead of $1,500, it was for more than $3,800. The extra money was supposedly for shipping.

Barham was suspicious and called the company it was written on, Warner Power in New Hampshire. The company said it was bogus, and so did Barham’s bank.

“(The man who sent the check) said ‘oh, no, that should not have happened,’” said Barham.

News 4 called the company, too.  Warner Power said its heard similar stories of bogus checks under its name from Pennsylvania, Washington and Ohio.

The company said its bank’s fraud department is investigating.

Meanwhile, the buyer, who supposedly lives in Oregon, says he’s sending another check.

“I’m sure he’s sending the check, but I have a feeling its not going to be a real check again,” said Barham.

Barham says he’s since learned to make sure a check clears before turning over the merchandise.

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