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Napa Police are warning Napa residents about an online scam that is occurring locally, according to a post shared on the department’s Facebook page this week.

The scams are occurring through the classifieds site Craigslist, police said.

For example, police said, a scammer might offer to buy an item listed for sale for more than the listed price, pay with a check or credit card and then ask for the overpayment back in cash or a cashier’s check. Often, the credit card numbers are stolen and the checks are fraudulent, police said.

In another scam, a local business received an Internet call asking for a large order of food for pick-up. The buyer asked to pay an extra $1,000 on their credit card and asked that the business give the food and the money to the person picking up the food, police said.

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Police said that residents should not respond to similar Craigslist postings and that business owners should not take similar orders over the phone.


Public Safety Reporter

Maria Sestito is the Napa Valley Register public safety reporter. She covers breaking news as well as crime and courts. Maria came to the Napa Valley Register in 2015 after working at as a reporter and photographer at The Daily News in Jacksonville, NC.