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Friday, March 8, 2013
Seventy-seven-year-old Floyd Smith found the deal on Craigslist.
"I was going to restore it, put it back together again," said Smith.
He made the call to Alabama. The seller wanted Smith to wire him $12,750 and have the money put into his bank account.
"As soon as I paid for the last installment of bank transfer money, I couldn't get a hold of him on the telephone," said Smith.
That was a week ago and Smith still hasn't heard a word. Police say Craigslist scams are not unusual, and buyers need to be careful. Don't send money before you see the product in person.
Smith admits he feels silly for losing so much money.
Just this morning he sold a tractor on Craigslist to help get back some of the cash he lost in the scam.
"You know you could have a bad attitude and pull your hair out, " laughed Smith, "but you'd end up bald."
KAKE News tried calling the seller, but the voice mail box is full. Police are investigating.