CITRUS COUNTY, Fla - Citrus County deputies report an uptick in fraudulent activity via Craigslist ads prompting them to issue residents a warning.
Deputies say the scams involve the following:
In two cases, deputies say fraudulent checks were received by sellers from Lycoming College in Pennsylvania for $2,475. In one of the cases, the listed merchandise was $200.
Deputies say they made contact with the accounting department at the college. Officials there were reportedly aware of the fraudulent check scam.
Deputies advised them the scams are being generated from Craigslist ads and are occurring across the country, not just in Florida.
The accounting department has made college officials aware of the scam.
Other cases have surfaced but the checks sellers received were from Iowa State University and the New York Power Authority.
In all the cases so far, deputies say the sellers in Citrus County have tried to validate the checks prior to shipping any items, which has resulted in zero losses.
The Sheriff's Office is asking people who are selling items on Craigslist to remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
If you feel you have or are experiencing a similar situation, you are urged to contact the Citrus County Sheriff's Office at 352.726.4488.
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