Man scammed out of $7,000 in truck purchase

By Nia Wong | nwong@lasvegasnow.com

Published 08/31 2016 10:32PM

Updated 09/01 2016 06:34AM

Police often urge people to be careful when making purchases online. For one valley father, a bogus Craigslist ad left him with a big loss.

It started with a Craigslist ad Kirk Duldulao says he spotted last Friday. The ad was for a 2004 Ford F-350 with 20-inch wheels. He says the deal was too good to pass up.

"I was like, 'If you can do it for seven thousand dollars tonight, I'll give you cash in hand right now,'" he said. "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.

Monday, it was a transaction that left him without his money or his truck.

"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," he said.  

The DMV took the title and Metro Police seized the truck.

Metro Police Officer Michael Rodriguez says incidents like these are common.

"It is very difficult for us to catch these suspects, because, often times, they're moving," he said.

Rodriguez says there are ways to protect yourself when purchasing a car online. Buyers should ask for identification and enter the vehicle's VIN on the Nevada DMV's website to see if it may be stolen.

"They should have a paper trail, have a receipt. Don't pay in cash," Rodriguez said.

When Metro is notified of a fraudulent transaction, Rodriguez says it's often too late.

It's a lesson learned the hard way for Duldulao who is sharing his story to warn others.

"It's not about the money now, but it's about bringing him, scums and scammers off the streets," he said.

Duldulao says he was able track down the actual owner of this truck in Vernall, Utah.

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