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TroubleShooters: Woman scammed buying car online

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A Brunswick County woman is out $4,000 after she says she was scammed while buying a car on the internet. She may never see her money again, but wants to make sure you do not fall for the same thing she did. It all started last month when Christle Canipe started birthday shopping for her daughter, Tressa. Canipe said, "Well, I've been looking for my daughter a car, she's turning 16 May 1, and I went to Craig'slist, and I found a 2004 Jeep Wrangler on there." The Jeep was listed for $4,000 -- an amazing deal, at less than half of the Kelly Blue Book value for that model. The seller explained in e-mails that she was going through a divorce, and just wanted to get rid of the vehicle quickly. "I e-mailed and asked her where can I come look at the vehicle, and she said that she's out of town because her and her husband separated, and the jeep was in stock where it could be shipped out," Canipe said. She asked repeatedly to speak to the seller over the phone, but she would only respond by e-mail with details on how to finance the vehicle online, through eBay Motors. Then Canipe started getting e-mails she thought were from eBay, giving her directions for sending a moneygram to an agent in San Jose, California, where eBay is headquartered. Canipe wired the money weeks ago, and someone picked it up, but the Jeep never arrived. NewsChannel 3 called eBay to find out where Canipe's money went and were told the man the moneygram was addressed to, never worked for them -- and the woman Canipe knew as the seller is nowhere to be found. Canipe has since filed a report with the Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department, but investigators are less than optimistic about recovering her money. Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Emmett Ballree said, "You're also dealing with the internet and there's no internet police. Realistically I think it would probably be a long shot." Chief Ballree says an e-mail address and the name of a man Canipe wired money to, is not a lot to go on. He says his department doesn't have the resources to send an investigator to California, to try and find her $4,000. Ballree said, "We're talking about internet fraud here, which is very prevalent and getting bigger every day, and unfortunately something we never dealt with in the past, but even the smallest towns and agencies have to start learning how to deal with it because we're seeing it more and more." As for Canipe, this single mom may have just learned a very expensive lesson. "Depressing," she said. "Makes me sick, I can't sleep good at night thinking about it. I don't trust nobody else on the internet, if you can't see it, can't touch it, don't buy it." A spokesperson for eBay Motors advises consumers to stay alert when interacting online, just as they would in the real world. They say to never pay with cash or instant cash transfer services, such as western union or moneygram. And if you're buying a car through eBay Motors make sure you're using the eBay Motors web site, not going through e-mails where someone could be using the eBay Motors logo to make themselves look legitimate.

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Reply to Mel

You need the emails open on your PC and connected to your email carrier. Once there you should be able to "show full headers" on the email, thats what will show you the IP # of the sender. The header is the place on top of the email that shows who its from, the subject etc. Normally we see compacted headers but you want to see the FULL header. Depending on what email you use there is a different way to see the FULL header. In Yahoo-Mail, once you open the email, at the very bottom of the page there is a button that says "Full Headers" on the right. In Microsoft Outlook/Express, right click the email in the top view pane, you get a drop down menu, hit properties then the "details" tab. Once you see this info the sender IP# should look something like this 65.184.132.000 http://whatismyipaddress.com/staticpages/index.php/trace-email-source-IP... It helps you track down an email IP# etc, better than i can online. You can also get YOUR IP# there so you know what your looking for on the emails you got. From there a police person would have to get in touch with the Internet Service Provider and get a street address. I can not believe that the POLICE are that ignorant there. Have you asked them if they have a cop that has any computer experience or can they find someone. The internet is not anonymous and there is a trail to the a$$ that ripped you off, it just takes someone with a little computer brain to get it. You may want to go above them, like call the SBI. Ask questions. There are laws to protect you from internet fraud. Dig into it, do not let these creeps get away with it. I am sorry that this happened. I am a Mom too, I know how you feel.

First

You need the emails that were exchanged. The POLICE will have to get a warrant and serve it to the ISP the IP is registered to requesting the name of the individual the IP was assigned to on that date and time. You cannot do anything on your own...you can find out what ISP the IP belongs to by going here and typing in the IP http://www.arin.net/whois/ To get the IP you need to look at the headers of the email and look at the received from lines...some of those lines can be spoofed, but the IP is in there.

Sorry, that this happen to

Sorry, that this happen to you, it also happened to me I lost 2500.00 last year on Ebay..I learned my leason too will never buy another thing off the internet

Gues4/24

Duh!! If its too good to be true, and you cant talk to the seller, and not even see the vehicle... I mean, Come on.. "Heres your sign"

Even though I do feel sorry

Even though I do feel sorry for the woman who lost her money, there should have been red flags that something was up when she wasn't allowed to see the car before purchase. If it smells fishy, it's probably a scam.