Weston Resident Victim of Craig's List Check Scam
The following information was provided by the Weston Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
Weston Police said that a resident last week was bilked out of $3,800 when that resident fell victim to a Craig's List check scam.
According to the police log, the crime was reported at 2:08 p.m. on Dec. 7, and is logged as "Larceny, forgery, fraud."
Police say that the victim was trying to rent out a property in Hawaii by advertising the property on Craig's List. An interested party contacted the victim and said they wanted to pay for the rental with a check. The rental itself was $4,000, but the person mailed a check for $7,800 and asked the victim to cash the check and return $3,800 to them, keeping the $4,000 for the rental.
The victim cashed the check and sent $3,800 to the scammers, as requested. However, the bank subsequently stopped payment on the check and the victim lost the money that had already been returned.