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Greenville couple given counterfeit cash for car sale through Craiglist

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Holly Bolling Facebook post. (Source: Holly Bolling) Holly Bolling Facebook post. (Source: Holly Bolling)

A Greenville couple learned a tough lesson this week when they sold their 2002 black Suburban on Craigslist. "It kind of makes you loose your faith in people," said Holly Bolling. 

Holly Bolling and her husband met the potential buyers in the parking lot at the Haywood Mall. "To us it seemed like a safe place, it was lit, there were tons of other people, we didn't have a second thought about it," said Bolling.

But it wasn't the location that the Bollings needed to worry about, it was the form of payment they were given. "When he took it to the bank the teller said, "we're so sorry, it's counterfeit."

Looking back, Bolling and her husband said there weren't really any warning signs that the other couple was trying to scam them. "They looked like a typical nice young couple, very clean cut very well spoken, with a baby!" said Bolling.

Staff at the Better Business Bureau said that type of behavior is common for scammers.  "Scammers are the most smooth talking people you'll ever meet, and a lot of times they do use emotional appeals, so bringing a baby, you're instantly put at ease," said Courtney Beaty. 

Beaty is the public relations director for the Better Business Bureau in Greenville. She said unfortunately with Craigslist, you can't do your research on an individual looking to buy from you, but there are ways to protect yourself.

"You can ask the buyer to meet you at the bank, so you're putting that money into your banks hands, and they can tell you right away if there's a problem," said Beaty.

Holly Bolling posted a picture of their car and what happened to Facebook. Greenville Police officer Gilberto Franco said they're hopeful they will be able to get it back. "I believe we have enough to have a lead and at least identify them, of who they were," said Franco.

Franco is the public information officer for the Greenville Police Department. He said these crimes aren't reported as often as they should be. "A lot of times people may just cut their losses after a transaction for whatever the reason and then they don't notify us."

He said through the investigation they also have to determine if the money the buyers had was given to them by someone else. Franco said the money has been handed over to the Secret Service and said these crimes are a federal offense.

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