RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A young woman is out almost $2,000, thinking she was getting a good deal on a new car but falling prey to an elaborate fraud on a popular website.
Shyquella Kidd says she didn't spot any red flags because the scammer created a fake eBay website that she believed was a legitimate transaction being handled by a third party.
She was wrong.
A parking space is still available in front of Kidd's apartment, where she imagined parking her new car.
"I really thought this was a blessing," she said.
Last week, Kidd spotted a 2005 Honda Accord on Craigslist. She doesn't have a car now… So, the $1,800 price tag seemed like an answered prayer.
"It's really hard as a single mother, you know. Try to make ends meet," she said.
Kidd began emailing back and forth with the owner, who told her she needed to get rid of the vehicle fast for a certain reason: the seller said she was in the Army and headed back to Afghanistan.
The owner insisted on a secure transaction, sending kidd to the eBay buyers protection program.
"I was assigned an eBay financial agent, and they gave me an invoice. The agreement was to send the agent the money. They will hold it and they will send me the car," Kidd said.
But Monday morning when the car didn't show up, Kidd's heart sank.
"I can't believe it and I can't be a victim," she said.
Since then, she has called the 800 number on the site over and over but only gets hung up on every time. She even used a different phone so they wouldn't recognize the number, but it just keeps ringing. Her money gone and dreams for a car delayed.
"I'm still going to build my money back up to do it the right way," Kidd said.