"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.
Thursday, August 28 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-08-28 13:33:06 GMT
SPARTANBURG COUNT, SC (WYFF) - Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office. DeputiesMore >>
Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office.More >>
Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:01 PM EDT2014-08-28 03:01:35 GMT
Who wouldn't feel sorry for a man that stands in front of you, nearly in tears, and talks about how his wife died eight months ago during labor.More >>
Who wouldn't feel sorry for a man that stands in front of you, nearly in tears, and talks about how his wife died eight months ago during labor, his mother just died, and now he is a single father raising a newborn all alone.More >>
Thursday, August 28 2014 4:49 PM EDT2014-08-28 20:49:29 GMT
A Jackson police officer has been hospitalized after being attacked in south Jackson. The department says it happened last night, while he was making an arrest, at the intersection of Forest Hill RoadMore >>
A Jackson police officer has been hospitalized after being attacked in south Jackson. The department says it happened Wednesday night, while he was making an arrest at the intersection of Forest Hill Road and Raymond Road.More >>
Thursday, August 28 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:26:05 GMT
This is a news release from the office of Judge Hollis McGehee Special Judge Hollis McGehee has scheduled a status conference and hearing for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, in the Circuit Court CourtroomMore >>
Special appointed Judge Hollis McGehee said he will file a scheduling order for the Chris McDaniel vs. Thad Cochran trial by the end of this week. More >>
Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:27 AM EDT2014-08-26 13:27:00 GMT
A Jackson Prep football player hospitalized following Friday night's game has died. Walker Wilbanks was transported Friday to the hospital during the second half of the school's home football game againstMore >>
Pressler says Walker's death was an "unfortunate freak event" revolving around the balance of sodium and water in the body. He says it had no reflection of being over or underhydrated.