Sheriff: Teen loses money to buy car in Internet scam

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — The Saline County sheriff says a teenager who saved more than $1,500 to buy a car was scammed out of the money she sent to purchase a vehicle through an online ad.

Sheriff Glen Kochanowski tells the Salina Journal the 16-year-old girl spotted an ad for a 2003 Honda Accord on Craigslist and contacted the seller by email. She was told the car was ready to ship, because its owner had been killed in an accident.

The sheriff says the girl sent the money through a Moneygram to a Springfield, Missouri, address but the car wasn’t shipped. A phone number the girl was given was out of California.

Koochanowski says the girl had worked for two years to save enough money to buy a car.

 

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