December 20, 2014

Elyria
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Scam ad takes couple for ride

ELYRIA — An Elyria couple thought they found a good deal on a used pickup last week — until they wired almost $2,000 and never heard from the truck seller again.

Deborah and Anthony Woodyard were searching for a used vehicle on Craigslist last week when they came across a Dodge Ram being sold by a Port Clinton woman named Samantha Sherman for $1,774, according to police.

Sherman told the couple that she was stationed in the military and that she could communicate only through email because her unit was preparing to leave for Afghanistan and she wasn’t allowed to use a telephone, the police report said.

Deborah Woodyard told police that Sherman said the truck was her husband’s before he died in a car accident and she wanted to get rid of it because of the memories it held.

Deborah Woodyard told police that the title, fees and insurance were being handled through Google Wallet’s protection program, which “appeared to be legitimate,” police said.

On Sunday, the Woodyards sent the money through Western Union to Georgia where they were told it would be received by someone named Harrell Dixon, according to the report.

On Monday — the day the truck was supposed to arrive at the Woodyard’s home — Deborah Woodyard said the ad for the truck was taken off Craigslist and she didn’t get any calls about the truck being delivered.

Early Tuesday, the couple called police again to say that they found other Craigslist ads with the same information that Sherman used. Elyria police are investigating.