Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking the public for help identifying a man who authorities say picked up cash from a money transfer sent from a Georgia man who thought he was buying a car off the internet.
On July 7, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a man in Conyers, Ga. who was trying to purchase a 2004 Nissan Maxima he’d found online.
The man sent more than $2,700 via Western Union to a Bonita Springs address. Surveillance cameras show a white male withdrawing the funds.
Authorities say the sale was a fraud. A few days later, the victim received an email from the “seller” saying she was unable to ship the car because her son died in Iraq and she needed an additional $1,990 for “payment of repatriation.”
Detectives are looking for any information regarding the identity and whereabouts of the man caught on camera.
Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.