Saturday, January 24, 2009

Roseville Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Fraud Via Craigslist

Roseville Police Department investigators have arrested a Roseville man on suspicion of using Craigslist, the Internet classified advertising website, to defraud a couple in Seattle. Detectives are looking into similar fraud cases involving victims in four states.

Anthony Vincenzo Iacolino, 27, of Roseville is suspected of placing an ad on Craigslist in Seattle in October, offering a laptop computer for sale. When the Seattle couple contacted Iacolino about buying the laptop, they were told that the laptop would be shipped as soon as they paid for it. The victims paid the suspect, using an electronic fund transfer. The victims were emailed a phony tracking number for their shipment, but never received the laptop. The Seattle couple reported the fraud to the Roseville Police Department.

Roseville Police detectives arrested Iacolino at his Roseville home on January 13 on suspicion of grand theft. He was booked into the Roseville Police Department Jail and released on a $5,000 bail bond.

Investigators believe there are additional fraud victims in Washington, Texas, Colorado and southern California. The investigation is continuing.

Craigslist offers the following tips to avoid scams:
Number 1: Deal locally with buyers and sellers you can meet in person.
Never wire funds via Western Union or other carriers.
Never give out financial information, such as your bank account or PayPal information.
Be aware that fake cashier's checks and money orders are common.
Be aware that Craigslist does not guarantee transactions.

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