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Houston couple mentioned thief offered them a rental automotive on Craigslist for $16,000 – KPRC Click2Houston


A Houston household mentioned a thief offered them a rental truck, utilizing cast and pretend paperwork to trick them out of hundreds of {dollars}.

A girl, who didn’t need her identification revealed, mentioned she made two profitable automotive purchases on Craigslist up to now.

She mentioned she hoped to make it a 3rd on Thursday however as an alternative a thief took her for a trip.

She mentioned he scammed her out of $16,000 for a 2022 Dodge Ram he offered her by a personal advert.

The girl mentioned whereas the worth appeared too good to be true however the documentation on the time appeared authentic.

“He confirmed a blue title to us and he even had a Carfax report along with his title on it,” she mentioned. “And he confirmed us the ID, every part matched. The VIN quantity matched the truck.”

The girl says they met within the neighborhood of the Texas Medical Middle, the place they even test-drove the car.

She mentioned the person even posed for a photograph earlier than all of them went to the couple’s financial institution to get a cashier’s test.

“He requested the money, and my husband mentioned, ‘No, that is an excessive amount of cash, we will look ahead to it,’” she mentioned. “It was very unusual. We virtually walked away.”

She mentioned the person advised them he wanted the cash in money as a result of he just lately obtained divorced and didn’t need his spouse to know concerning the sale. So the girl mentioned she obliged.

“Some huge cash, some huge cash within the two envelopes. Thick, thick $100 payments,” she mentioned. “He was comfortable he obtained his cash.”

The customer signed over the paperwork to them and left the financial institution. The couple then went to the Division of Motor Autos to register the truck of their title.

“I went to the DMV, and so they advised me it’s a pretend,” she mentioned. “The title she advised me to take a look at very fastidiously. He erased it and typed in his title.”

Houston police agreed that the paperwork look like pretend or cast.

Investigators mentioned the truck the couple purchased was really a rental from San Antonio which was scheduled to be returned Friday.

Officers mentioned that’s why Avis, the rental automotive firm, had not reported it stolen.

“Very unhappy. In all probability not due to the $16,000 you are feeling such as you belief individuals. You are feeling such as you cheated,” the sufferer added.

The Houston Police Division is at present in possession of the truck. The thief has not been recognized or positioned.

If you happen to acknowledge him you’re urged to contact Houston Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-TIPS.

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