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Crooks use bogus Craigslist ads to lure victims

March 21, 2010

Criminals in suburban Illinois are using phony online advertisements for cell phones to lure unsuspecting victims into a trap.

The suspects post the ads on Craigslist, a popular online advertising site, and arrange to meet the buyers in a place where they can steal their money.

In two recent cases, the bait was a Nexus One cell phone and two iPhones.

When the buyer and seller meet, the suspects demand cash without producing product.

Local police warn consumers to be smart about consumer-to-consumer transactions. Ask questions about the product and the seller before meeting, and always meet in a public place.

To take it a step further, make sure the public place is crowded, like a fast-food restaurant during meal times. If the seller makes excuses why he can’t meet you in a crowded place, stay home.

Police say if you think the deal is too good to be true, you’re probably right.

Crime reported by the Daily Herald.

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