ROCK HILL, MO (KTVI) - A Rock Hill man becomes the victim of a scam, but gets justice with the help of local police. Rodney Carr's problems all started with an ad for a 2000 Toyota Corolla on Craigslist last month. He made contact with the seller and thought things were good.
"He made the trip all the way to my house and made the deal on the street. Said get in and drive it around. I drove it around the block. And I saw the car, I wanted it, and said let's make a deal," said Carr.
Carr offered to trade his old Camry for a $500 credit with the seller and a deal was set. After paying the $1600 balance and a series of text messages, Carr says the deal with a guy he calls "Toyota Tim" got sketchy.
"When I looked at the title he gave me it was signed already by a different person. I was getting a little nervous," said Carr.
The Toyota Carr paid for was never delivered, so he went to Rock Hill police for help.
"I was really prepared to lose my 16 hundred dollars. I'm a working man and I realized I was a victim of a scam. What he was doing is called jumping title. He was doing that and never delivered the car.," Carr said.
Sergeant Kevin Clinton with the Rock Hill Police Department says the case was closed within a week. Detectives arrested the seller for stealing by deceit; he was also forced to pay restitution. Police say it's always best to be extra cautious, especially when making deals through Craigslist.
"Make the deal in a public place. A police department or fire department is always a good location to make a transaction with a person from Craigslist.," said Sgt. Clinton.
As for Carr, he lost his Camry, got all of his money back, and learned a big lesson.
"I did everything I could to get the car but it was out there and I just couldn't get it."
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