TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A suspected cyber scam in Terre Haute centers around a house on Barton Avenue that owners will either rent or sell.
Signs in the home’s front yard boast two agencies’ names and numbers. The agency employees, by all accounts, are telling callers the house is already spoken for; but a mysterious posting on Craigslist invites interested parties to send or wire $800-plus to a likely fictitious destination, or at least a temporary one for the culprits, and the home’s key would be sent immediately.
Two different Terre Haute women were much too street savvy to fall for the on-line post that seemed too-good-to-be-true.
"These two women reported to (News 10) that this scam occurred. How do you know how many people went down to Western Union at Wal-Mart and sent a check out on this deal? They might be watching the news tonight and see that,” said Clark Cottom, chief deputy for the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department.
Cottom urged any person in the Wabash Valley who thinks they’ve been scammed, or at least preyed upon, to report the incident immediately to local authorities.
Though Cottom vowed to launch an immediate investigation, on any complaints filtering into his department, he also admitted these cyber scams are often difficult to prosecute. Often times, he said, not only are the perpetrators in a different state but often a different country.
The author of the Craigslist ad both women could have fallen for offered only a cell phone number with a 214 area code; that’s Dallas, Texas.
Chief Deputy Cottom said be very wary of anyone who will not agree to meet you in person, and that consumers should never purchase any item “sight unseen.”
"You need to meet the landlord there! You need to meet the vehicle owner there! You need to meet them at the property and see it first-hand!"
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