A Merrill woman became the victim of an internet scam this past week.
The victim was using the website Craig’s List to sell an item for $350. She then received a response from a man who said he would send a check for $2300. He instructed the victim to deduct the money for the item and shipping and send the remaining funds to a furniture store in Indiana.
The check; from a legitimate company in Arkansas, was deposited and the bank confirmed there were funds available, so she sent the money to the Indiana store.
A short time later the Merrill bank received notice from the bank in Arkansas that the check was a actually a fake check using stolen identifiers from the Arkansas company. When a call was placed to the “shipper” in Indiana they advised they had received three other calls today from people wondering about item’s they were shipping after sales on Craig’s List but the reported contact never worked there and they were not involved in Craig’s List sales or deliveries.
By the time the victim tried stop the money order, it had already been picked up and cashed in Indiana.
The investigation into this case continues.