7 Miami-Area Men Charged In Internet Shopping Scheme

MIAMI (CBS4) – Federal officials in Miami said they’ve charged seven more members of a Romanian organized crime ring in an Internet shopping scheme.

The scheme targeted people buying cars and other items online. Authorities said members of the group in Romania posted the items and instructed buyers to wire money to a fictitious name.

According to a 21-count indictment, the seven Miami-area men used false identities to pick up the money wired to U.S. bank accounts.

Authorities said the scheme bilked buyers of more than $300,000. One victim wired $23,500 for a vehicle that was never delivered.

Four of the men are in custody. Three remain at large.

Four other men were previously charged in this case.

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  • 954Girl

    I would never wire a person money based on an ad placed online. While making my move to Miami from up north, a Latino man placed an ad on Craigslist listing “his property for rent”. He wanted me to wire him money from out-of-state to pay for the security deposit and 2 months rent. Before sending him a dime, I did some research and found out the property did not belong to him at all. Good thing I followed my gut instinct!!

  • Marleen Parker

    why in the world would anyone end that kind of money from something on line? I’d like to meet that person—-I’ve got lotsa real stuff to sell !

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