A Bloomfield Township resident who was attempting to sell a car online was given a check as a deposit as a hold, and then was requested to give part of it back, which he later learned was part of a scam.
The resident, who livesi n the 1600 block of S. Hills Boulevard, discovered he was the victim of a fraud scam on Monday, September 25. He told Bloomfield Township police he was attempting to sell a car online for $7,350, and was contacted by a buyer.
The buyer offered to give him a check for $4,000 as a deposit to hold the car until the buyer returned from a business trip. The buyer said he would pay the balance of $3,350 upon delivery of the vehicle.
The seller agreed to the terms, and he deposited the check into his bank account.
The next day, the buyer contacted the seller, telling him he had an emergency and needed $1,900 of the original $4,000 deposit returned. The seller returned that portion, but later found out the original check had been fraudulent when his bank contacted him.