IPSWICH — People telling you about all the good work they do and asking a small favor in order to help them keep doing it could very well be trying to scam you.
According to the Ipswich police, a recent effort to separate you from your money involves a Craigslist advertisement from a couple in West Africa helping in the fight against HIV. They claim to be part of a group called "Family Life and HIV Education and the HIV Prevention for Rural Youth Program."
The scam uses an actual rental property in Ipswich and asks you to help rent the property. Police warn that the "owners" will "probably ask you to respond with information about yourself."
They might suggest you send money.
Don't do it. Several local people have already made that mistake.
Poor grammar and misspellings are often a giveaway that the Craigslist advertisers are not who they say they are, according to a press release from Lt. Dan Moriarty.
"Residents should only deal with people that are local and you can meet with in person," the press release said.
If you've been victimized, contact police.