Contact 2: Woman Scammed On Craigslist, Paid In Counterfeit Money

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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) – A thief uses fake money to buy an I pad.  The popular tablet was posted on Craigslist.  

The seller tells me she's mad about getting ripped off.

Lindsey Eckert wanted to sell her I pad and upgrade to a different system.  She posted a picture of it on Craigslist  New Years Eve.   'Immediately I got a hit on it.   I was thinking awesome.  Somebody wants an I pad'   

The man agreed to meet her at a popular St. Charles area restaurant.  Lindsey realizes she missed a few red flags before the meeting.  'He was very persistent, very persistent.  He was like, do you still have that I pad ? You still have the I pad right?  He`s like are you on your way?'  

Lindsey gets to the restaurant and the exchange happened. 'The money looked real, definitely.  I didn`t see any difference in it.  Crisp, from the ATM money.   So I took it and I handed it to my mother in law who  was in the car with me.'  

Her mother in law told her the money felt funny.   'So I stopped a local Quick Trip and used their money pen.  And all of it was fake.'

Lindsey took the money to police.  We checked the Craigslist website for consumer alerts and clearly there's a warning about fake bills.  

Getting ripped off is troubling for Lindsey. 'I personally feel devastated and I want the people on Craigslist and everywhere to know that there are criminals out there that will do this to anybody, honest hardworking people.'  

Looking back Lindsey offers this advice. 'I think from now on it would be good to, whoever you`re working with absolutely park next to the car and get their driver`s license and or the tags of their car.'  

Police have no suspects in this matter.   Protect yourself and your property at all costs when using Craigslist. Follow the site's suggestions on how to avoid scams.   

If you have consumer issues call us at Contact 2.  The toll free number is 800-782-2222.  Volunteers take calls Monday through Thursday between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.