Monday, December 27, 2010
GRANDVIEW - A fraudulent Craig's List advertisement resulted in a Grandview resident potentially losing $2,500.
Grandview police officers were alerted to the incident this past Friday, when the victim reportedly responded to an ad seeking help with processing a $3,000 check.
According to police, the victim was asked to write a check for $2,500 to a person in Brooklyn, N.Y. in exchange for receiving a $3,000 personal check. The victim was told they could keep the remaining $500 balance "for the trouble of doing this."
The victim did as instructed and the $3,000 check came back as fraudulent. The victim cannot make contact with the person they originally spoke to regarding the ad.
Mark Ware is Grandview's assistant police chief, and he says this is a scheme that is often attempted.
"Sadly people still fall for this scam," he said. "If the bank holds the victim to the loss, it will be a very expensive $2,500 lesson."
He added, "If it's too good to be true, it probably is."
In other activity since this past Friday, Grandview police were called to the scene of a Christmas Eve burglary in the 1000 block of West Fifth Street.
The missing items included an Emerson plasma TV, a laptop computer and a digital camera.
Also since Friday, Grandview police are looking for a motorist who eluded officers after he was instructed to pull over the 1996 Honda he was driving. Grandview police attempted to make the stop because they say the Honda was speeding.
The motorist then crashed into a parked vehicle in the 1200 block of Vista Drive as he eluded police.
Though the occupant of the Honda fled the scene on foot, police were able to recover a set of filed keys from the ignition.
Police are treating the incident as a stolen vehicle.
Also since Friday, Grandview police fielded a call about graffiti, seven calls regarding suspicious activity and three noise complaints.