CHURCH HILL — A person with a Lawrence, Kan., mailing address reportedly scammed a Hawkins County woman out of $900 using her Craigslist advertisement and a phony PayPal account.
A Hawkins County woman who lives near Church Hill told the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office last week she had listed scaffolding for sale on Craigslist for $7,500.
The woman said she was contacted via e-mail by a person claiming to be Gary Hamby from Kansas, who said he wanted to purchase the scaffolding.
HCSO Deputy Stacy Vaughan, who took the victim’s information, stated in his report that “Gary” told the woman he was working offshore and was unable to pay the people who were going to pick up the scaffolding for him.
“Gary stated he would go ahead and deposit $8,500 into a PayPal account,” Vaughan stated in his report. “Once the victim received confirmation, he requested the victim to use Western Union to send $900 to Kansas so he could pay a person named Deborah Moser to pick up the scaffolding.”
The victim received confirmation that $8,500 was in a PayPal account, at which time she wired $900 to Moser using 525 N. Iowa St., Lawrence, Kan., 66044 as an address.
After wiring the $900 to Kansas, the victim found out the PayPal account was fake. PayPal verified that there was no $8,500 being held.
The victim told Vaughan she believes Hamby and Moser are the same person and scammed her out of $900.