"On March 8, 2014 at approximately 10:23 pm, we had a situation where a gentleman came into the Pearl Walmart. He picked up approximately $1,600 he received through money gram. He was able to obtain that money by advertising a vehicle on Craigslist," says Pearl Police Detective Jake Windham.
But the one thing missing, Detective Windham tells us, was the vehicle. A woman in Ohio had wired the money for a Toyota Corolla, but it was a scam.
"At this point she knew she had been had, she knew she had been victim of a wire fraud situation," he says.
Craigslist is a terrific website site for buying and selling across the globe. But criminals know that some consumers aren't careful, and get too tempted by a steal of a deal. Police say the Pearl Walmart offender shrewdly hid his face from the surveillance camera inside the money transfer store. It's possible he's done this before, Detective Windham tells us.
"He even went so far as to park his vehicle in an area of the parking lot at Walmart where he could not be detected, we could not get tag information," he says.
The phone that the offender used to communicate with the woman from out of state can be tracked, but police aren't sure if it will lead them to the individual, because they say all of the subscription information linked to the phone might be bogus as well.
If you want to use Craigslist, experts recommend you shop locally, not out of state. Also, pay with cash rather than wire transfer, because they're not protected. Finally, make sure you see the product in person before committing to the purchase.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:19 AM EDT2014-09-16 06:19:17 GMT
Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing says his office is working a death pending case, involving two bodies found Monday afternoon.Family members went by to check on a mother and son and found both of themMore >>
Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing says his office is working a death pending case, involving two bodies found Monday afternoon.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:24 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:24:15 GMT
We're trying to get more information now on a body found in Jackson this morning. We have few details available, but JPD confirms a man was found dead around 5 am at I-55 North, near Beasley Road andMore >>
We have few details available, but JPD confirms a man was found dead around 5 am at I-55 North and Beasley Road.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:39 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:39:00 GMT
MDOT is reporting a large accident at I-55 N before MS 463 in Madison. Skycopter traffic reports that the incident could be 2 separate accidents involving up to 9 cars. All lanes are blocked and theMore >>
All lanes are back open and traffic is flowing smoothly.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:18 AM EDT2014-09-16 06:18:35 GMT
We're in the beginning of Fall Harvest season and some Holmes County farmers are already experiencing set backs. A number of thefts targeting farmers have been reported in Holmes County. Sheriff WillieMore >>
Sheriff Willie March says his department has received four reports of stolen farm equipment. Some of the stolen tractors are valued at up to $55,000 dollars.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:23 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:23:56 GMT
Fire fighters are on the scene of a massive house fire burning in West Jackson. It started before 4:00am on Patann Street near Boling Street. That's near Medgar Evers Blvd. Flames have completely engulfedMore >>
Flames completely engulfed the home. It's not clear what sparked the flames, but the house was vacant at the time of the fire so there were no injuries.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:11 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:11:21 GMT
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety. Hannah Elizabeth Graham sent her friends a text message around 1:20 a.m. on Saturday,More >>
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 1:42 AM EDT2014-09-16 05:42:19 GMT
Relief is on the way for motorists in Brandon who travel through the Highway 80 and Interstate 20 intersection. Planned construction will improve a high accident area at the on ramp there. "It's justMore >>
Relief is on the way for motorists in Brandon who travel through the Highway 80 and Interstate 20 intersection. Planned construction will improve a high accident area at the on ramp there.More >>
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