Woman falls victim to online car-sale scam


From Staff Reports

Sunday, March 10, 2019

A 29-year-old Rocky Mount woman learned a lesson about Craigslist transactions the hard way Wednesday after she was defrauded of $3,000 in a motor vehicle scam.

The woman reported to Rocky Mount police that she had attempted to buy a car on Craigslist and was told to send money to a bank account and someone would deliver the car to her home. She sent the money, but the car never arrived.

Sgt. Brad Summerlin of the Rocky Mount Police Department said that police are investigating the incident, which should serve as a reminder to be careful when purchasing items online.

“Whenever you are buying anything online, it is important to do your homework. If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is,” Summerlin said. “These types of scams are more common now when people are getting their income tax checks.”

He also said people need to be especially careful about purchasing cars online.

“I would not purchase a car unless it is local and you can see it in person first,” Summerlin said. “Sometimes criminals will just post pictures of cars from other deals. You need to ask for the VIN number and verify it with something like CarFax. If the person won’t give you the VIN number, don’t buy the car.”

Anyone with information about this or any other crime in the area is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111 or crimestoppers@rockymountnc.gov. Text a tip to police at 274637 by beginning messages with RMPOL to direct the tip to the Rocky Mount Police Department and type up to 155 characters about the information.

Rocky Mount police also investigated the following incidents this week:


57-year-old woman on the 100 block of Greenbank Court.

27-year-old woman on the 1100 block of Cypress Street.

60-year-old woman on the 400 block of Buena Vista Avenue.

46-year-old woman on the 100 block of Fort Street.

21-year-old woman on the 400 block of Sled Court.

20-year-old man on the 1100 block of Sunset Avenue.

18-year-old man on the 100 block of Berryhill Road.

22-year-old woman on the 1100 block of East Holly Street.

49-year-old man on the 1300 block of North Wesleyan Boulevard.



600 block of South Vyne; stolen, Mac Book Air.

1900 block of Sapphire Road; stolen, cash.

1800 block of South Wesleyan Boulevard; stolen, two cell phones.

500 block of Cokey Road; stolen, cash.

600 block of North Church Street; two cell phones.

1500 block of Charter Drive; stolen, two cell phones.

400 block of Atlantic Avenue; stolen, Versace glasses, Jordan shoes, wallet, jewelry, cash, 

400 block of Sled Court; stolen, cell phone.


1100 Sunset Avenue; computer, musical instruments, televisions. 


Four cars on the 2000 block of West Raleigh Boulevard.


2009 Toyota Camry on the 3600 block of Sunset Avenue.


1400 block of Hunter Street; damaged, door of home.