, Salem, MA

July 17, 2013

Police: Swindler takes $7K from man

By Neil H. Dempsey
Staff Writer

---- — PEABODY — Police say a man who was trying to buy eight televisions at the Northshore Mall on Monday afternoon was scammed for more than $7,000.

The man reported at 4:02 p.m. that he had been attempting to purchase the merchandise from another man in front of Sears, according to the incident log.

“He gave the suspect $7,200 and then never saw him again or the televisions,” wrote police.

Lt. Arthur Yeo said he wasn’t familiar with the circumstances of this particular scam, but police have received numerous such complaints over the years.

In the past, a swindler would offer a potential buyer a good deal on merchandise, claiming that he worked for Sears, Yeo said. They’d arrange to meet at the customer pickup area. The swindler would emerge from the store, take the victim’s money, then say he was going back inside to get the items — only to abscond with the cash out another door.

No description of the suspect was provided by police.