BEAVERTON, Ore. – Detectives were searching for a man who made off with $14,500 through two Craigslist scams.
Police said the suspect agreed to sell a Volkswagen Jetta to Rigoberto Cabrera of Beaverton after Cabrera saw the car on Craigslist and wanted to buy it for his daughter.
"You always try to get something newer," said Cabrera.
He and his daughter went to view the car at 8340 SW Apple Way in Beaverton on June 13. He gave the suspect $3,500. The suspect gave him the title and a bogus phone number for his mom's house, where he said the car was, Cabrera explained.
"For a rich guy it's not a lot of money," said Cabrera. "For me it's a lot of money."
The suspect slipped away and Cabrera never saw him again. He lost his life savings in the scam, according to his daughter, Stephanie.
When viewing the car, Stephanie took pictures of the seller and the car’s license plate. Police later determined the license plate was stolen.
The personal identification the suspect provided was also stolen. Police determined he took the ID card from a gym locker in Vancouver.
A nearly identical incident occurred near Southwest 6th Street in Portland. The victim in that case, Gamaliel Vega, lost $11,000.
"Craigslist seems to be a mechanism for some fraud type activity," said Detective Sgt. Jim Shumway of the Beaverton Police Department.
Both victims describe the suspect as 6 feet tall with a thick Russian accent.
Anyone with information about the scams was asked to contact Beaverton detectives at (503) 629-0111.
KGW Reporter Mike Benner contributed to this report.