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FBI crime alert warns of Internet scams

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -The number of people being scammed on classified ad web sites like Craigslist or E-Bay has grown so dramatically the FBI has posted a crime warning about these web sites.

With the housing collapse, more people are renting, and the FBI says many are falling victim to scams on Craigslist type sites.  They are  offering unbelievably low rates for houses in nice areas, or vacation rentals or timeshares. Scammers from out of the country take your down payment and then there is no rental property.

The Dougherty County Sheriff's Office says these Internet scams are the fastest growing crime in South Georgia, and the crooks are more sophisticated than ever.

Dougherty Co. Sheriff's Office Captain Craig Dodd said "They are more organized, especially on the Internet. There are thousands of scams on the Internet. Most of them lead back to Middle Eastern countries or former Eastern Bloc countries of the Soviet Union."

Captain Dodd says only do business on the Internet with reputable companies that you know, and just like your Mother told you, if someone is offering you something for nothing, it's probably a scam.

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