scam alert

A 17-year-old was scammed out of $200 when a man at a Eureka gas station reportedly asked the teen for money to buy gas, promising she would be paid back with a money order. The scam happened at about 7:15 p.m. Sept. 2 at the QuikTrip, 290 E. Fourth St., Eureka Police reported.

The teen told police a man approached her while she was pumping gas and allegedly told her he needed money to get his kid to college and pointed to a car with three children in it, the report said.

The teen told police she gave the man $20, and he said that wasn’t enough. The teen said she gave the man another $120, and then the man asked for another $60. The man also allegedly said his wife would send a $250 money order the teen could pick up at Walmart, according to the report.

The teen agreed to the deal, and went with the man into the gas station’s convenience store so she could get the money from an ATM. She allegedly gave the man the additional $60, and he gave her a confirmation number for her to get the money at Walmart. However, when then teen provided the number to a Walmart employee, she was told the number did not match anything in the system, the report said.

The teen returned to QuikTrip and the man was gone. She said he had pointed to a silver Nissan or Toyota that had out-of-state plates, but she had never seen him get in or out of the vehicle, Eureka Police reported.

As of Sept. 10, none of the teen’s money had been recovered, and the man had not been identified, Capt. David Wilson said. Anyone with information about the incident should call Eureka Police at 636-938-6600.

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