BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - The Benton Police Department is warning its residents to be on alert for Craigslist scams.
According to public information officer Lt. Kavin W. Russell, two reports were recently taken about suspects attempting to scam people out of money through an online sale on the website.
Russell said in one of the occurrences, the seller was attempting to sell clothes and the buyer agreed to send the seller a check in the mail for a $300 dress, but the seller wound up receiving a check for $1,920. The buyer insisted the seller keep $300 for the item and asked for the remainder of the money to be sent back to them.
Fortunately, the seller checked with the bank before proceeding, and the check turned out be from a bank account with insufficient funds, added Russell.
In a similar case, Russell said a seller posted a vehicle for sale for $2,000, but received a check for $7,000. The seller put the remaining money on Money Pack cards and sent them to the buyer only to find that his account was $5,000 in the negative.
Attempts to contact both suspects have been unsuccessful and both cases are under investigation.
The police department released a statement saying that although sites like Craigslist can be extremely helpful, buyers and sellers could use extreme caution.
Anyone with information about these crimes is encouraged to contact the Benton Police Department at 778-1171 or 315-TIPS. Individuals also may send an anonymous tip to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword 'BNPD' in the body of the text or go to www.crimereports.com and submit a tip there.