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There's a new scam that targets users of sites like Craigslist. The Better Business Bureau recently issued an alert for one specific site billed as a service to make transactions easier. But for some online shoppers the warning came too late.

Lee Tittsworth of Lanark has used Craigslist before. He recently he came across a trailer for sale for $3,500 and hoped to use for it for his car and some charity work. "I noticed the price on it was good, not outrageously good, but it was a good price," he said.

The supposed seller out of Chicago contacted him and instructing him to go through a site call easyyardsale.com. It's a third party escrow service claiming to specialize in big ticket items and touting a reduced risk for fraud along with a money back guarantee. Tittsworth checked it out, asked around and read reviews. He wondered if it was too good to be true but decided he couldn't pass it up and sent the money via wire transfer. He talked online several times with someone handling the transaction but come delivery day there was no trailer, and he was no longer able to contact the site.

"So they got the money at that point and that's it."

A Better Business Bureau alert says people using Easy Yard Sale don't get their items or their money back. The BBB says the scammers even made false reviews and ratings. While the site appears to have been removed in the last few days the BBB warns this is just one take on this trend.

"I think they prey on people looking for such a good deal that if they want it bad enough they're going to take a risk," said Tittsworth. He did file a report with Lanark Police and with the FBI but he isn't holding his breath about ever seeing the $3,500 again.

The BBB advises you to always meet a seller and view an item before buying, avoid deals involving shipping, never share financial information, and don't wire money or transfer funds to someone you don't know.

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