You hear about it all the time. Scams and serious
crimes, even murders, committed after using one of these online marketplace
sites, like Craigslist.
Susie Johnson was scammed by a seller on Craigslist when she
bought some Jimmy Buffet tickets to a concert last summer.
"It's always in the back of
your mind, 'I hope these work.' But, I didn't feel like I was going to be
cheated," said Johnson.
The first time she bought tickets
on Craigslist, everything turned out just fine. But, the second time
around is a different story.
"I was on Craigslist
twice. Once it was a great experience. The second time, we went to
use the tickets and they were already used," said Johnson.
She and her husband met up with
the seller at a restaurant, and shelled out $100 for the pair of print-at-home
"He was with his family, I
guess. It was simple as, 'Here's your ticket. Here's your money.'
That's it. 'Thank you,'" said Johnson.
She was able to buy tickets at
the venue, after all. But, police say crime involving the internet is
becoming more common including scams, identity theft and theft by
deception. All too often, an unsuspecting customer can even become a
robbery victim, or worse.
"The common goal, the common
link that people are looking for is money. What ends up happening is
there's times when they'll just take your money, and other times they can take
your life," said Lt. Joe Macaluso of the Delhi Township Police Department.
Johnson contacted the seller who
said they were working to rectify the situation. She never heard any more
"Just be careful. I
think that's the biggest thing. It's unfortunate that there's dishonest
people out there," Johnson told FOX19.
FOX19 spoke with Colerain
Township Public Information Officer James Love about their arrests. He
says this is one of the first times they've dealt with a serious Craigslist-related
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