Two Lee County residents have reported being scammed out of thousands of dollars in connection with Internet vehicle sales — one involving a Ferrari Spyder.
According to Lee County Sheriff’s Office reports:
Heather Anderson, 26, of the 3300 block of Country Club Boulevard, Cape Coral, said on Feb. 17 she had sent a few thousand dollars to a man in the United Kingdom for a Ford F-150 truck; the year was not disclosed. She reported the incident Thursday.
Anderson said she had exchanged several e-mails with the man before deciding to purchase the truck. He had even sent her a copy of his driver’s license and military identification card, which later proved to be fraudulent.
Because the money was sent across international borders, the Secret Service will be involved.
In the second instance, also reported Thursday, Ned Bentz, 66, of the 13000 block of Tonbridge Court, Bonita Springs, said he may have been scammed of thousands.
On Feb. 14, he said, he sent a cash advance bank-to-bank wire transfer to purchase the convertible 2008 Ferrari F430 Spyder. He sent about half of the $100,999 asking price for the car.
On Feb. 15, Bentz flew to Scottsdale, Ariz., to see the Ferrari and have it checked by a local Ferrari dealership.
Neither the seller nor the car ever arrived at a meeting place and several attempts to reach the seller failed.