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Suspected new scam on Craigslist

10:58 AM, Aug 13, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - When trying to sell his RV, Brain Brewster found himself receiving an unusual response.

"It sounds like a legitimate buyer, but I can't get him to do anything but text me," Brewster said.

About 20 text messages offer to buy his RV. They all ask him the same question.

"Do you have a PayPal account," the text message states.

Brewster suspects someone is trying to scam him.

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers says he hasn't gotten a complaint about this exact scam, however, he says crooks can target Craigslist sellers by overpaying and asking the recipients to send back the excess funds.

"They pocket the money, the check doesn't clear [and] you're out," Suthers said.

Another red flag is the seller says they do not need to see the product.

"It looks great ... pictures look good," Suthers warned the scammers will say. "It someone doesn't want to look at something they're buying, it screams scam."

Suthers says it's very important that people file complaints to them when they encounter something that seems suspicious.

"If there's a question in your mind, there's probably a good reason why," Brewster warned.

To report a suspected scam, call 1-800-222-4444. This is the number for the state's hotline which is used by the Attorney General's Office and other agencies. Their website also answers questions about how to avoid scams and how to report them also here: http://bit.ly/RypSuY.

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