GOULDSBORO — A Corea Road resident, who had listed a chair for sale on Craigslist, became wary when the buyer sent her a check far exceeding the selling price last week. Her suspicions proved correct and kept her from cashing the fraudulent check and having any further interaction with the scammer.
Sgt. Adam Brackett handled the July 13 call in which the Corea resident reported receiving a $1,700 check from the alleged buyer for the chair being sold for $100 on Craigslist. The complainant also relayed her exchange of texts with the buyers purportedly from Texas. Upon close examination, the check was found to be fake. Further investigation revealed that the so-called seller was actually in Brooklyn, N.Y.
“The lesson is buyer beware. Seller beware,” Gouldsboro Police Chief Pat McNulty said Tuesday. To learn more about common scams, and how to detect and avoid them, visit www.consumerreports.org/scams-fraud/how-to-protect-yourself-from-common-scams/.
Violating bail conditions
Jeffery Lynn, 39, Gouldsboro on July 11 was summoned by Officer Landan Scott on a charge of violation of bail conditions (possession of alcohol) while leaving a convenience store in town.
In search of big waves
Last Tuesday’s gusty winds sent some surfers and their boards the next day down to Prospect Harbor in search of big waves. A Prospect Point Road resident, however, complained that the boarders had trespassed on private property. Responding to the complaint, Sgt. Brackett learned that the surfers already had left the area.
Route 1 patrol
Last Friday, July 15, Sgt. Brackett and Officer Scott monitored Route 1 for distracted drivers. Several vehicles were stopped and warned. Scott stopped and cited one driver for excessive speed.