Phishers seem to have netted 2

By Karen Zautyk

In what appears to be sheer coincidence, Nutley police took two separate reports of apparent craigslist-connected fraud on Aug. 18, within 11 minutes of each other.
The victims included one buyer and one seller who had used the online marketplace.
The first report was filed at 10:02 a.m. and involved a Nutley resident who had been attempting to relocate within the town and had found a Corsay Road rental posted on craigslist.
She said she had sent the reputed landlord, who was located in the United Kingdom, a $600 rental fee and was told she would be mailed the keys to the apartment.
When that didn’t happen, police said, she reported the incident to authorities, suspecting she had been defrauded.
The same day, at 10:13 a.m., police were called to a local bank, where a customer was allegedly attempting to cash fraudulent checks. That customer turned out to be an apparent victim.

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