Reynold Joseph (pictured above), was once such Craigslister hoping to make a buck for his used goods online, but unlike the “honest” people who sell online, Joseph thought it was a bright idea to “double dip” by selling a car, stealing it back… and selling it again.
…and you thought “catfishing” was bad?!
According to news reports, authorities arrested Reynolds last Wednesday (March 13, 2013) after he was found driving a stolen vehicle. Crazy thing is…. he had just sold the vehicle to a New York woman via Craigslist days earlier!
Josephy was pulled over by a Orange Co., NJ traffic cop who spotted him driving a Pontiac G8 with illegally tinted windows.
A routine check of the car’s license plate revealed that the plate was “not on file.”
Joseph, attempted to explained to the officer that his license plate had been put on by a car dealership where he worked but further investigation revealed that Joseph’s driver’s license was suspended in both New York and New Jersey.
The quick thinking scammer then claimed that he had just purchased the car after responding to a Craigslist ad, and produced a title showing he was the legal owner.
However, the officer was suspicious and ran the VIN (vehicle identification number) through a national database. It came back that the car had been reported stolen out of Nassau County, N.Y.
Joseph was subsequently arrested, and a search of his vehicle found two “master keys” used to open Acura vehicles and Toyota Camry models.
After speaking with Nassau County police, Vega learned that Joseph had recently used Craigslist to sell the car to a woman in Long Island.
The woman later discovered that she had been given the incorrect title, and contacted Joseph, who promised to return to New York and deliver the correct documentation.
Needless to say, he never returned.
Craigslist can be the DEVIL sometimes!
Have you ever been scammed online?