Sheriff posts advisory on craigslist scam
Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour is calling the public's attention to an ongoing Internet scam involving listings on craigslist.com.
The scam often involves e-mails from senders identical or similar to firstname.lastname@example.org and Drrnlgnn@aol.com.
Using that address type, an unknown person inquires about an item listed for sale on CraigsList, usually an item that would cost a substantial amount to ship to the buyer. The scammer sends a check for more than the asking price of the item and asks the seller to deposit the check, and send the same amount of money to a different location through Western Union.
The original check is then found to be fraudulent, and the seller is out the money that he or she sent via Western Union.
According to Voutour, a general rule to follow is: Don't transfer money through Western Union unless the original check has been clearned and confirmed valid by your bank or credit union.
• THEFT: Police are investigating a car break-in in the 4800 block of University Court. A 21-year-old man told officers that sometime between 3:45 and 10 a.m. Sunday someone broke into his 2010 Toyota Corolla by smashing a passenger-side window. The victim said a GPS power cord, a headphone jack and an 80 GB Zoom were taken.
• MISCHIEF: A sheriff's patrol discovered a mailbox was damaged by fire early Monday in the 2600 block of New Road. Investigation showed the mailbox was doused with an accelerant, possibly gasoline, and was lit on fire. The deputy did not locate any witnesses to the incident, but found two empty plastic cups nearby that smelled of gasoline, the report said. The mailbox was damaged but not destroyed, the report said.
• MISCHIEF: A property owner in the 2700 block of New Road reported finding his neighbor's mailbox on fire about 1 a.m. Saturday. The witness saw an orange glow from a window, ran out of his house and extinguished the fire with a garden hose, according to the sheriff's report. This was the first of two reported mailbox fires on New Road over the weekend, Undersheriff Michael Filicetti said Monday.
• VANDALISM: A pickup parked in the 3700 block of Ridge Road was damaged by keying sometime between the morning of Sept. 21 and afternoon Sept. 22. The 2006 Dodge Ram was scratched from front to back, according to the sheriff's report; the damage estimate is $2,000.