SCMPD warns of Craig's List schemes

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah-Chatham Metro Police are warning citizens of several Craig's List scams they are currently investigating. The SCMPD Financial Crimes Unit says they have received reports of five scams involving checks.

SCMPD Detectives says the following are examples of what has been reported to them so far:

  • Job scams - there is a listing on Craig's list looking for a driver for an elderly family member. Once you provide the services, or even before, they pay you with a check. The check will be for too much money and they will ask you to forward the overage to another location. It's a scam.
  • Automobile purchases -  you find a vehicle on Craig's list to purchase. You pay the seller with a check. You never receive your car. Weeks later your car will be for sale by another seller who is ready to scam another victim.

Detectives say that most of the time when someone is trying to scam you, communication will be email. Also, they say to be cautious of anyone that overpays.

Anyone with information is asked to contact SCMPD at 912.651.6735 or CrimeStoppers at 912.234.2020. You can also text CRIMES (274637) and in the body type, include "CStop2020" plus the tip. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

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