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Last updated on Friday, December 14, 2007
(UNDATED) - State Police across Indiana are warning anyone trying to sell their personal vehicle on their own to beware.
A new angle has been found on an old internet scam tactic where some people would get e-mails offering a certified check for thousands of dollars so long as you send half of it back as a, "processing fee."
Those checks would eventually be certified as frauds.
But now, police allege 24-year-old Brandon Moody of Gary, Indiana has been using fake cashier's checks to buy cars from sellers.
His most recent victim was a Sellersburg man who put his 2005 Chrysler up for sale online and was allegedly contacted by Moody.
After exchanging e-mails and information, police allege moody showed up at the Sellersburg man's home with a fake cashier's check for around $24,000, and drove away in his new Chrysler.
Troopers say Moody has also scammed a $35,000 Hummer in Hebron, a $10,000 Mercedes from Chesterton and several vehicles from out of state.
Just recently, Moody was arrested after troopers searched his home, and was charged with 2 counts of forgery, 2 counts of auto theft, and one count of identity deception, all felonies.
Police are still trying to figure out where some of the missing vehicles are.
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