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Stolen vehicle scam costs Craigslist buyer $7K

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Las Vegan Kirk Duldulao recounts purchasing a stolen truck from a seller on Craigslist in this image from Aug. 31, 2016. (Source: FOX5) Las Vegan Kirk Duldulao recounts purchasing a stolen truck from a seller on Craigslist in this image from Aug. 31, 2016. (Source: FOX5)
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A Las Vegas Valley man learned a hard lesson about major purchases from Craigslist.

He purchased a truck for $7,000. When he went to the DMV to switch the title, he discovered the vehicle had been stolen.

Kirk Duldulao needed new wheels. He thought the ad on Craigslist looked too good to be true. He was right.  

“[I asked], ‘Where do you want to meet? And he said, ‘Let’s meet up at the Irish pub by The Orleans,” Duldulao said.

Duldulao haggled the seller down to $7,000.

“When I got those keys I was so happy. I was like, 'I got myself a nice truck,”' he said.

The excitement was over when he visited the DMV.

“The guy comes out with the title and goes, ‘Is the truck here? This truck was stolen three days ago.’ My heart dropped,” Duldulao said.

A DMV employee informed Duldulao police would be in touch with him. On Wednesday morning, officers took the truck.

“I was like, ‘No, no, no, no, no. I just paid seven grand for this truck,'” he said.

DMV spokesman Kevin Malone said this is a common occurrence. While many people choose public places for transactions such as this, Malone doesn’t recommend that.

“We suggest sales take place at a residence so you’ll have some recourse and you’ll know who this person is,” Malone said.

Malone said people who buy from sites like Craigslist need to make sure the seller’s name matches the name on the title.

Duldulao said he did that and intends to catch this thief. He returned to the pub where the transaction took place and obtained surveillance video. Calls to the number provided by the seller went straight to a voice message system.

“If the deal is too good to be true, it probably is,” Malone said.  

Common Craigslist vehicle scams include cars priced well below market value, sellers who claim to stationed overseas in the military and sellers who don’t include a phone number.

Also, look out for sellers that demand you use an online escrow service of his or her choice or payments wired via services such as Western Union.

For a small fee, you can check to see if a vehicle has been stolen with a link provided on the DMV’s website. It is available here: www.vehiclehistory.gov/

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