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Craigslist scammers trying to lure locals with great sales

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Craigslist scammers trying to lure locals with great sales

By Daniel Gutierrez. CREATED Feb 20, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Everyone likes a little extra cash in their wallet, but one Las Vegas woman said she recently got an offer that was too good to be true.

"I posted an ad on Craigslist for some furniture that I had for sale," said Jeani Vidal.

She said she sells things online on a regular basis. Her latest posting was for a dresser and king-sized bed for $500.

"I got a few responses. People wanted to give me less of course. But I had no reason to get rid of it quickly," said Jeani.

She watched a few more offers come in, until someone finally emailed her, who was willing to pay the full asking price.

"I got the offer finally from a man who said, I saw your furniture, I saw the picture, I love it. I want this. Just consider it sold. Do you still have it?"

She responded, and the man who called himself Steve, said he'd mail her a check. But a couple days later, Jeani got a check for $2,000.

An email from Steve explained why, "I owe my shipper some back money he said. So could you do me a favor?"

The email asked her to keep her $500 for the furniture, but to send the rest by MoneyGram, to the furniture shipping company. Jeani said she knew something didn't seem right.

"I just stopped all communication there."

But she started to communicate with Contact 13. We made a call to MoneyGram who warns, this is a scam, "Beware anytime someone you don't know sends a check, and then asks you to wire funds."

Once you send that cash to a scammer, it's gone for good. That's why MoneyGram said, "Never wire money to someone you don't know."

It's a lesson Jeani wants to make sure people don't learn the hard way, "Use your common sense. I mean no one's gonna give you, no one's gonna send you more money than the thing is worth."

So here's the Contact 13 bottom line: If you get a check in the mail, ask your bank to verify if it's legit. You could face charges for cashing or depositing a fake check. Look where the money is coming from. In Jeani's case, a major red flag was that the check was coming from a bank in Kentucky, but was mailed from Colorado.