Woman Buys $2,700 in Amazon Gift Cards to Purchase Car

COLUMBUS – A fraud incident was reported to Columbus Police Monday after a Cedar Rapids woman tried buying gift cards to purchase a vehicle off Craigslist.

Columbus Police Captain Todd Thalken says the woman was attempting to purchase a vehicle off Craigslist for $2,700, and reported that the seller told her to purchase the car using Amazon gift cards. The woman purchased the cards in Columbus and gave the information to the seller, and later reported the fraudulent incident on Monday just before noon to Columbus Police.

Thalken says residents should be suspicious of any purchases asked to be made over wire transfer or through a suspicious method.

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