The 109th Precinct urges users of certain websites to be extra cautious.
According to officers, a 23-year-old Asian man is wanted by police for duping a victim out of thousands of dollars. The man sold the victim 19 roundtrip tickets from New York City to Shanghai, valued at $22,000, which he said he paid in person, in cash on October 8. The perpetrator allegedly gave the victim 19 corresponding confirmation numbers. When the victim went to check the confirmation numbers, the statuses were all cancelled. Numerous attempts to contact the perpetrator were made by the victim shortly thereafter. Despite his persistent phone calls, the victim has yet to find the perp.
“It might have been a one-time incident but it could very well become a new scam,” cautioned Police officer Anthony LoVerme.
LoVerme urges users to be careful on sites such as Craigslist since it is difficult to really know with whom one is dealing.
LoVerme strongly suggests that one buy airplane tickets from a reputable source, therefore avoiding “cash-only street-dealings” with strangers.