KSP warns of Craigslist scam

Julia Roberts GoadStaff Writer

December 27, 2012

PIKEVILLE — Kentucky State Police are warning the public about an internet scam connected to Craigslist.

Trooper Shaun Little, Public Affairs Officer at KSP Post 9 in Pikeville, said information obtained indicates that the scam is being conducted through the online classified ads website Craigslist, where the perpetrators of these crimes are purchasing items and conducting the transactions online.

“People are posting items to sell on Craigslist,” Little said. “Then someone agrees to purchase the item, and sends a cashier’s check, but the cashier’s check is for an amount more than the sale price.”

The seller is then asked cash the check, keep $50 for their troubles and send the remainder to the United Kingdom.

Little said the checks are bogus.

“They are not connected to any actual financial institution,” Little said. “So when a person signs the check to endorse it, they become responsible for the check.”

KSP said the scam has been operated throughout the state, including the counties of the Post 9 district.

Kentucky State Police asks that anyone who receive this type of online solicitation contact Kentucky State Police at (606) 433-7711, and to be aware of online internet crimes.