A Gage County man is working with authorities and his bank after being allegedly scammed out of $8,000 while buying a vehicle.
The rural Cortland resident reported to the Gage County Sheriff’s Office that he had been shopping on Craigslist and was going to purchase a vehicle. After communicating with the seller, he sent $8,000 to a supposed third-party bank account in California, with the understanding the vehicle would be shipped to him.
After several days of not receiving the vehicle, he attempted to contact the third party negotiating the sale and the person selling the vehicle. According to a press release from the sheriff's office, the others involved wouldn't respond to him and he was unable to contact anyone.
The victim contacted his bank to stop the payment, but the money transfer was to a legitimate bank account and the funds had been withdrawn.
Deputies are working with the victim’s bank, as well as the Lincoln Police Department regarding this theft.
The victim was advised to closely monitor his banking, credit, and financial accounts and check his mail for any fraudulent accounts that may have been opened in his name in conjunction with this case. The victim will also be making an online report to the Federal Trade Commission.
That website can be found through a link on the Gage County Sheriff’s Office website. For further help or information regarding frauds, scams, and identity theft, the sheriff's office is advising the public to go to the public awareness section of its websute at www.gagecountysheriff.us/fraud.
Anyone who receives a suspicious phone call, email, letter, or contact, or believes they are the victim of a fraud or scam should call their local police department or contact the sheriff's office and ask to speak with an investigator.