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Fraudulent check muddies Craigslist purchase for Falls man

NIAGARA FALLS – A 17th Street man told police he was scammed out of almost $1,400 recently when he attempted to sell an item on Craigslist.

The buyer, who had agreed to the $600 asking price for the item, mailed a check for $1,980.78 and asked the victim to cash it and return the remaining funds to the buyer. The victim later learned the check was fraudulent and he would be responsible for repaying the money.

The buyer never showed up to pick up the item he had purchased, police added.

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