OMAHA (KPTM)- A craigslist car scam almost cost one woman thousand s of dollars, but she caught the crook just in time.
It was an ad Melissa Kile wishes she never placed. "We did out homework enough to where we didn't think this would be this type of a situation."
Kile was trying to sell a 1983 Buick Grand National on Craigslist.
"I spoke with him on the phone three times," remembered Kile.
Kile got an offer via e-amil from a man named "Doctor Richard Rowe." He told her he wanted to buy the car as a surprise for his stepson.
"With him explaining himself as being a man in the military, and being overseas, we just thought maybe he didn't have time to come into Omaha to look at the vehicle," said Kile.
After weeks of e-maile, "Rowe" finally send Kile a check.
"He thought he was going to get us to cash a check and send money back to him," said Kile.
When Kile got the check, she noticed it was for $7,500. They were only asking $5,000 for the car.
"With the check being such a large amount of money, that was what was being majorly suspicious," said Kile.
Kile said she then had her bank see of the check was real. The bank on the check turned out to be real, but the routing number was not.
"The last e-mail was okay, send this amount of money to have the shipping for the vehicle done," remembered Kile. "We knew right there that this wasn't a legitimate offer."
Kile said she's not sure what they will do with the car, but she is sure she won't be posting any more ads on Craigslist.
Experts say, always meet with the buyer or seller in person, that's the easiest way to find out if you're being scammed.
They also say, never wire money via Western Union, Moneygram, etc.