Craigslist Scammers Use Counterfeit Bills

By: Stephanie Ando Email
By: Stephanie Ando Email

A Bryan woman was scammed with counterfeit $100 bills when she tried to sell her car on Craigslist, according to Brazos County officials.

Brazos County Investigators say the woman posted an ad on Craigslist, then made arrangements to meet up with a couple who expressed interest in the vehicle.

“They came and looked at the car, acted very interested in the car and then gave the owner of the car $1,000 in $100 dollar bills in an envelope to hold while they went for a test drive. They test drove the car, left the house and never came back,” said Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk.

Just like that, the woman's car was gone. Then the Bryan woman took a closer look at the money inside the envelope.

“Well you know on cursory examination, you open the envelope they look good. On close examination it was very clear that they were counterfeit,” said Kirk.

Investigators say the envelope was marked from a bank, and the victim had no reason to believe it wasn't good money.

However, bank tellers say this scam could have been avoided.

“You have to actually take it out, take a look at it and inspect it before assuming it’s a proper bill,” said Jamie Dworsky, First Victoria Bank Assistant Manager.

Dworsky says there are many ways to spot a fake bill

“The ink colors can be different, the texture can be different,” said Dworsky. “The size...a lot of times when you wash them, they shrink. Bills don't normally shrink.”

Brazos County Investigators say the paper on the fake bills was the wrong texture and the serial numbers were off.

Investigators say the victim only got a good look at one of the scammers. The suspect is described as a white woman with long blonde hair. The suspect had a tattoo on her back and another tattoo on the top of her left foot.

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