Porter Police are
warning folks to use caution when buying or selling online, after an alert
resident trying to sell a motorcycle on Craigslist narrowly averted being
police, the resident reported on Friday that he’d been contacted by someone
who’d seen the motorcycle advertised on Craigslist and was interested in
purchasing it. In advance of the transaction, the resident advised, he’d
also received a call the day before, on Thursday, purportedly from a
representative of a Fifth Third Bank in Toledo, who told the resident that
he was generating a cashier’s check for the prospective buyer and needed to
verify some information over the phone.
On Friday, however,
on meeting the buyer, the resident became suspicious, not only because the
buyer’s voice sounded different from the voice of the person to whom he’d
spoken over the phone but also because the buyer “did not seem to know much
about the motorcycle he was interested in purchasing.”
So the resident
first asked to see the buyer’s driver’s license, which showed an address in
a Detroit, Mich., suburb. He then contacted Fifth Third, which promptly
identified the cashier’s check being presented by the buyer as fraudulent.
refused to accept the cashier’s check and the (buyer) left immediately,”
The matter remains
under investigation, police said, and may be referred to the Porter County
Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Police added that the resident did succeed in
photographing both the cashier’s check and the buyer’s driver’s license.
reminded to exercise caution when selling items through online means and to
be vigilant to details that do not add up,” police said.