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Suspected Online Scam

Suspected Online Scam

November 9, 2016

Recently a Flagstaff man reported a suspected con involving an online truck ad.

According to the police report, the man contacted the Flagstaff Police Department at about 4:30 p.m. Nov. 3 claiming he had been scammed. He told officers he and his girlfriend had seen a truck advertised for sale on, a website where people can buy and sell used items. They communicated via email with the supposed seller.

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The suspect told them to pay for the truck by purchasing an undisclosed amount of prepaid Amazon gift cards. The victim purchased the cards and gave the suspect the access numbers on the backs of the cards Wednesday, Oct. 26.

The victim received another email requesting additional money, which he paid the suspect Tuesday, Nov. 1.

However, the truck never arrived…

The victim then contacted Amazon, where he learned it was probably a scam.

Stay tuned as the investigation is ongoing….

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Original article published on AZ Daily Sun