On October 21, 2010 at 7:29 p.m., a resident reported being a victim of fraud. The victim stated that they believed they purchased a 2008 Lexus RX 400H from a person on Craigslist.com. The victim wired $15,000.00 from their bank on October 12, 2010 to an unknown party in Montana. The victim was supposed to receive the vehicle on Friday, October 15, 2010. The seller identified himself as “James Champlin”, the victim received a copy of the title via fax.
A check of the Vehicle Identification Number by the police revealed the VIN is not on record.
The seller stated in emails to the victim that the vehicle was in Montana at “Coast To Coast Auto Shipping Company”. The seller stated in the emails that the vehicle was being held there because a another person was supposed to buy the vehicle but backed out. The victim stated that they contacted the shipping company and spoke to a “David Peterson” who stated that the vehicle was
in transit to the victim’s address in Roselle Park. Subsequent calls to the phone number revealed the number was incorrect.