Augusta woman loses $2,500 to con artist

An Augusta woman sought authorities Tuesday after she wired $2,500 to Cameroon for a vehicle listed in the Iwanta advertising publication.

According to an incident report, the 41-year-old woman told authorities she wired $1,250 to Cameroon for a 1998 Honda Civic on Friday and was advised the vehicle was being shipped from New York. A couple of days later, the seller said she owed an additional $500 for shipping insurance. The victim wired the money to the seller.

Once again, she was contacted and told the Georgia Customs Department required an additional $750 to bring the vehicle into the state. The victim again wired the money.

After she didn’t receive the car, the victim contacted the seller and was advised it would take an additional $1,450 for unexpected fees.

The woman contacted Richmond County authorities after she searched the seller on the Internet and discovered he was a known con artist.



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