Authorities warn of Craigslist scam

By WKTV News

RICHFIELD SPRINGS, N.Y. (WKTV) - If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is - something officials are warning residents amid Craigslist scams.

In tough economic times, people are turning to the internet to sell items, sometimes at deeply discounted prices.

Sgt. David Segit of the New York State Police in Richfield Springs says there are a few red flags to be on the lookout for, such as a person claiming they are in the military and need to sell their things quickly, as well as the way the seller wants to receive their money.

"If they see something that's for sale and too good to be true on craigslist, it probably is," said Sgt. Segit. "If they are then asked to sell or buy this item with a Western Union transfer, that's a red flag. Again, Western Union is a reputable company, but the scammers use Western Union all the time."

Sgt. Segit says to remember the name "Kevin Lambert," a name he recently found that has scammed 250 orders.

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