Texas Man Falls Victim to Craigslist Car Sale Scam
SUGAR LAND, TX — July 25, 2018
Houston man Mark Morgan is warning people about a man who tried to sell him a car via Craiglist. In fact, the man is a thief who robs unsuspecting buyers.
Morgan's sister gives him about $3,000 so that he could buy a car he saw on Craiglist. Then he met with the man, in the parking lot of a local Walmart.
The deal was close to being done when the seller suddenly disappeared with Morgan's money. He told Morgan he needed to take a look at the vehicle's VIN number, but never returned.
When Morgan went to look at the exact place the car was parked, the man and the car were gone.
"He fooled me well," Morgan said. "He needs to go to jail."
After the scam, Morgan reported the theft to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, which is now investigating the case.
He and his sister searched online and found he's one of several victims of this thief. Reports as recent as two weeks ago show him in New Mexico. Before that, in Nevada. He was using the same scam.
The victims are not identifying him because he has not been charged with a crime. Attempts to reach the seller were unsuccessful, and his phone went straight to voicemail.
"He needs to go to jail. I'm serious. There're too many people out here struggling," said Morgan. "I'm trying to help it to where he doesn't get someone else like that."