Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Scam Artist Unsuccessful In Cookeville

Cookeville police say enough people have now heard about a scam that has been tried in this area over the past several years that fewer victims are now falling for it.  But, they say, that doesn't stop the scammers from trying variations.  The most recent case involved a Cookeville woman who had advertised a dining table for sale on Craigslist.  She was asking $375 for the table and began corresponding by e-mail with someone who said they were interested in purchasing it.  But that individual then sent her an e-mail saying that she had "mistakenly" sent a check for $2,500. She told the would-be victim to simply cash the check and wire the balance back to her.  But the Cookeville resident didn't do that. Instead, she contacted police who say the check is most likely fake. They took the check, copies of the e-mails and a Fedex packing slip, as they continue their investigation.