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Dobbs Ferry Man Falls Victim to Craigslist Scam

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – Once again there were several cases of identity theft in the village this week, including a local man who police said was the victim in an elaborate Craigslist scam.

A 40-year-old Dobbs Ferry man told police earlier this month that he lost nearly $1,000 in a Craigslist scam. Police said the man interviewed over the phone for a job, which he later accepted on March 1, in a work-from-home customer service position with “Support Sourcing Services.”  The man was told he would be supplied with a computer and other equipment for the job.  As part of the scam, police said the man was sent a $1,700 check by the company to deposit into his personal account for the equipment.

A couple of days later he was contacted by a person from the company and told to send out whatever portion of the check that had cleared in order to pay for the computer and equipment. Police said he was told to send the money by Western Union in cash.  Since only a portion of the check had cleared he sent out $926 in cash to the fraudulent company and was then unable to reach anyone involved in the scam.  The check ended up being rejected by the bank on March 5 so the man unknowingly paid out of his own pocket.  Police said the scam typically involves a fake ID being used by the people behind it in order to work through Western Union.  Police are currently investigating the incident.

More identity theft- A 61-year-old Dobbs Ferry woman was the victim of identity theft, which she realized when she was contacted by the IRS looking for $982 in unpaid taxes, police said. The taxes were from employment at a child care business in Yonkers, which the woman said she never worked for.  Police said an unknown person had used the victim’s social security number and name while employed at the Yonkers business. Police are still investigating the incident.

Identity theft again- A 50-year-old Dobbs Ferry man told police he received a bill for a delinquent credit card payment for an account he never opened. The bill was for $2,251 and the man has since filed a complaint with the credit card company.  Police said it is an ongoing case since the purchases were made between Oct 1, 2008 and April 1, 2009.

Assault at local school- A 16-year-old female student at St. Christopher’s was arrested and charged with third degree assault on March 6, according to police. Police said the student confronted another 16-year-old female student while in class and punched her several times, causing a laceration above the victim’s left eye.  Police said staff broke up the fight and reported the incident.  The student was released back to the school after being charged.

Criminal Mischief- The two rear windows of a 1998 BMW owned by a 27-year-old Dobbs Ferry man were smashed sometime overnight between March 11 and March 12.  Police said nothing was missing from the car and the windows were estimated at approximately $500 worth of damage.

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