Crooks use bogus Craigslist ads to lure victims
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.