scam alert

A 49-year-old man and 40-year-old woman, both of Eureka, were scammed out of $1,000 when they attempted to purchase a horse trailer through eBay motors, Eureka Police reported.

The pair had seen an ad on Craigslist for the horse trailer, and when they contacted the seller by email on Nov. 15, they were told they needed to purchase it through eBay motors. They also were instructed to send information for two $500 eBay gift cards to the seller by email, police reported.

They were told the trailer would arrive in one to three days. However, when the trailer wasn’t delivered, the pair contacted eBay motors, which said it did not have any record of the sale, the report said.

It was discovered that the email address used to contact the seller was linked to previous scams, and a Nebraska address listed for where the trailer was located does not exist, according to the report.

As of Nov. 21, the money spent on the gift cards had not been recovered, and no suspects had been identified, Capt. David Wilson said.

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