The victim stated that he posted his kayak for sale for $1,000.
He was contacted last Saturday by a man who identified himself as “Terri Arnold” from Abbeville, La., who sent him a cashier’s check for $2,950.
The victim was told to cash the check and keep $1,000 for the kayak, then send the leftover $1,950 back to Arnold at a Walmart money transfer location in Texas.
After the $1,950 had been sent, the victim was notified by his bank Tuesday that the cashier’s check was fake.
Adding insult to injury, the victim was subsequently contacted by Arnold, who stated that his brother was injured and he needed the $1,000 that was supposed to pay for the kayak to cover doctors’ bills.
The victim didn’t send any more money and contacted the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office.
Generally, the HCSO can’t investigate these types of online cross-state scams, but forwards the reports to the appropriate federal agencies.