East Texas Craigslist scam: How to protect yourself


POSTED: Friday, August 17, 2012 - 4:31pm

UPDATED: Friday, August 17, 2012 - 5:15pm

Two people were arrested Thursday in connection with a Craigslist scam in Tyler.

Police say they started receiving a series of reports Wednesday of people who responded to an ad for a used iPad.

When the victims met up with the potential sellers, their money would be taken and they would be left with no iPad.

The suspects in this series of thefts are 25-year-olds Anthony Falbo and Kimberly Bowman of Lindale.

Tyler Police say they believe the suspects would meet the buyers in apartment complex parking lots, only to give them a bag of paper notebooks in exchange for their money.

Police were able to catch the suspects during an undercover sting operation, but want to remind others when using an insecure website like Craigslist ... it's "buy at your own risk."

Olga Mondragon with the Better Business Bureau of Central East Texas says buying and selling from insecure websites is always going to be risky.

She says internet scams are everywhere these days, even in East Texas.

Falbo was charged with evading arrest and class A theft.

Bowman was arrested for class A theft.

They have both since bonded out of jail. 

Watch the story here.


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