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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.

John Petrosky March 24, 2011 at 05:17 PM
Re, Ebay scam: This is why you should never wire, transfer or other wise blindly hand over cash to a stranger in a transaction at least without having the item first. PayPal has been great for me in the past when there was an issue with an item -- that's what they're there for!
Ulf Wolf March 25, 2011 at 01:17 AM
Non-payment/delivery of goods sold or bought--whether from online auctions or not-- is the most common cybercrime as reported to the IC3 in 2010, and by all accounts occurs about 25,000 times each month. It is not surprising then that you can easily be scammed. A very good friend of mine was seriously scammed late last year and has since done extensive research into how you defend yourself against scammers and fraudsters. She reports that she found the solution. These days she INSISTS on using a legitimate online escrow service for transactions of value. It's amazing, she tells me, how fast the scammers scramble for the hills when you refuse to listen to reasons why you shouldn't use this service (bona fide) but instead use another (fraudulent). It's like a litmus test, she says, it really exposes the scammers. Her new motto is: When in doubt--escrow. She swears by it.
TERRI SMITH July 07, 2012 at 06:08 PM
MY HUSBAND AND I WERE SUBJECTED TO THE SAME SCAM, SURE IT WAS THE SAME PERSON, EXACT SAME STORY, EXACT SAME AMOUNT.....
Prince Jawaheed July 07, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Lagos, Nigeria. Attention: The President/CEO Dear Sir, Confidential Business Proposal Having consulted with my colleagues and based on the information gathered from the Nigerian Chambers Of Commerce And Industry, I have the privilege to request your assistance to transfer the sum of $47,500,000.00 (forty seven million, five hundred thousand United States dollars) into your accounts. The above sum resulted from an over-invoiced contract, executed, commissioned and paid for about five years (5) ago by a foreign contractor. We are now ready to transfer the fund overseas and that is where you come in. It is important to inform you that as civil servants, we are forbidden to operate a foreign account; that is why we require your assistance. The total sum will be shared as follows: 70% for us, 25% for you and 5% The transfer is risk free on both sides. I am an accountant with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). If you find this proposal acceptable, we shall require the following documents: (a) your banker's name, telephone, account and fax numbers. (b) your private telephone and fax numbers —for confidentiality and easy communication. (c) your letter-headed paper stamped and signed. Alternatively we will furnish you with the text of what to type into your letter-headed paper, along with a breakdown explaining, comprehensively what we require of you. Please reply urgently. Best regards Howgul Abul Arhu

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