GREENVILLE, Miss. — A warning to anyone buying a car on Craigslist: make sure the car you’re buying isn’t stolen.
A young man learned that lesson the hard – and expensive – way.
He paid for a 2014 Toyota Camry and thought he was getting a good deal.
Turns out, it wasn’t a deal at all. He lost $13,000.
“I’ve worked two jobs for the last summer trying to get this and now that I’ve got it, it just got all taken away,” Brent Dillon said.
He found out just because you pay for something, doesn’t mean you own it.
Dillon found the car on Craigslist and met the so-called owner at Southland Mall.
After he handed over the money and got the car and title, he later learned the title was fake.
“They tell me it has a falsified title and it’s a falsified VIN,” he said.
A check by the sheriff in Greenville, Miss., showed the car wasn’t owned by Thomas Haliburton, but by Enterprise.
“They stole my son’s money,” Dillon’s father, Jeff Hester, said. “They sold him a car that didn’t belong to them.”
The father and son say now Enterprise has its car back, it doesn’t seem interested in anything else, even though the crooks are on the run.
“I want Enterprise to get more involved. They’re not wanting to get involved in it at all. They’re wanting to keep their name out of it as much as possible, and I want them to do their part.”
An Enterprise spokesperson said it’s a police matter and wouldn’t comment further.
But Dillon’s father had plenty to say about buying stuff off Craigslist in the future.
“We’ll be a lot smarter the next time we buy something. We’ll take pictures of them, photos of their IDs. Maybe even take a fingerprint, I don’t know, just try to do something better next time.”