Crime Beat

  • Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Fraudulent check…
Police met with an Owens Drive, Summerville man reporting the receipt of a fraudulent check. After advertising a babysitting service on Craigslist, the man said he was contacted by a male via email and text messages who said he wanted to hire the victim to babysit his 2- and 4-year-old children. The victim said he received a check from the suspect for the sum of $1,550 but that the suspect advised him his clerk had made a mistake on the check. He was further advised to cash the check and keep $300 for services (babysitting) and to go to Western Union and wire him the remaining money. The victim deposited the check into his bank account. The victim said he waited several days to wire the balance because he thought the check suspicious in nature. However, after receiving several text messages from the suspect he wired $1,000 via Western Union which was picked up immediately. Two hours later, he was notified by his bank that the check was counterfeit.
Check for fraud…
A Prestwick Court man placed a piano for sale ad on Craigslist. He was contacted by the suspect who agreed to buy the piano for $700. The victim said he was contacted again by the suspect who told him the check was made out for an amount different from the agreed upon amount and asked that he cash the check, take the $700 and $50 “running around money” and give the difference to the unidentified movers who were supposed to pick up the piano. The suspect sent the victim a check for $2,700. The check had the company name Pagecomm International of Cerritos, CA on the front.  The victim stated all correspondence between him and the suspect was via email. Police were unable to make contact with the suspect and the check has been entered into evidence at SPD.

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