Sheriff's Blotter: Resident Duped in eBay Motorcycle Scam
Will County Sheriff reports, March 15-21.
A New Lenox man was bilked out of nearly $3,000 after he tried buying a motorcycle on eBay in what turned out to be a scam.
The resident, who lives on the 100 block of Michael Lane, told police he tried buying a motorcycle on eBay from someone he thought was a legitimate seller. The seller advertised a 2003 Harley Davidson Softail Classic for $2,900, and claimed that he needed to get rid of it quickly because he was being deployed for the U.S. Army.
According to the Will County Sheriff's Department, the seller also said the bike was already crated at Fort Belvoir, a U.S. Army base in Virginia, and that the logistics department would deliver it.
The victim told police he was advised that an eBay representative would pick up the money transfer at Western Union and deposit it in a secure trust until he received the bike.
After wiring the money, the victim did not hear back from the seller. He contacted eBay and learned that the seller was not legitimate. To further investigate, the victim has since gone back on eBay using a fictitious name and has been sent the same information from the same seller.
Theft from Vehicle
A resident on the 800 block of Melrose told the sheriff's department that someone entered a vehicle and stole a radar detector, an iPod, a phone charger and $10.