JAMESTOWN – A scam where a website was created posing as a business south of Jamestown has swindled people who thought they were purchasing high-end vehicles out of $350,000, according to Chief Deputy Jason Falk, detective with the Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office.
Falk said seven out-of-state people have wired money to the scammer.
“If you are doing an online purchase of a vehicle, it’s a very risky proposition because you are trusting that if you are wiring off money for something you haven’t received yet, you are taking a big gamble,” he said. “If that vehicle doesn’t show up, that money is gone or can be gone or most likely is gone if it is a scammer.”
If Falk was going to purchase a vehicle, he said he would drive to the location to see the vehicle, obtain the title, pay for the vehicle and drive off with it.
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