Buyer beware. Police are always urging people to be careful when making purchases online. For one valley father, a bogus craigslist ad left him with a big loss.
It all started with this Craigslist ad Kirk Duldulao spotted last Friday. A 2004 Ford F-350 with 20 inch wheels he says was a deal too good to pass up. Duldulao says, "I was like, if you can do it for $7,000 tonight, I'll give you cash in hand right now. "He seemed like a really honest guy, he had the titles, the keys to the truck."
After taking the Ford for a test drive, Duldulao handed over the cash and drove off with his new ride Friday night. Come Monday, it was a transaction which left him without his money and his truck too. Duldulao says, "I walked into the DMV to try and get a 30 day permit, and apparently they told me that this truck had been reported stolen three days ago."
The DMV took the title and Metro seized the truck. Another unfortunate case Michael Rodriguez of Metro says is all too common. Rodriguez says, "It is very difficult for us to catch these suspects because often times they're moving."
Rodriguez says there are ways to protect yourself when purchasing a car online. Buyers should ask for id and enter the vin number onto the Nevada DMV's website to see if it may be stolen. Rodriguez says, "they should have a paper trail, have a receipt, don't pay in cash."
When Metro is notified, Rodriguez says it's often too late. A lesson learned the hard way for Duldulao who is sharing his story to warn others. Duldulao says, "it's not about the money now, but it's about bringing him, scums and scammers off the streets." Duldulao says he was able track down the actual owner of this truck up in Vernall, Utah.
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