A check of E-cay Trade to buy a used car ends with an international manhunt and a first-of-its-kind reimbursement for the victim.
The RCIPS says a Caymanian couple reported to police they had been swindled out of $3000 while trying to buy a car through the online classified site.
The ensuing investigation spanned 14 countries and led to the conviction of five men and total payment of US $163, 000 dollars in restitution to 17 victims around the globe.
The local victims did get their money back the first time the u-s repatriated funds to victims in Cayman.
Financial Crimes Unit detective Karen Harrison worked alongside the FBI to break up the international racket and she’s urging fraud victims to make more reports.
“Do not look at the amount of money or the type of case that we are investigating. You never know the impact because this started as three thousand dollars and it end up where so many countries has been involved and the impact,” she says.
Now Ms Harrison, as well as, the RCIPS also issued a warning about using hyperlinks to download applications or updating apps like Whatsapp video chat on their cellphones.
“Do not click on that link, go to your app store, purchase your apps. It is not safe. And if you want to be sure check with your telephone provider or your internet provider,” Ms Harrison says.
And you can reach the financial crimes unit at 949-8797 or the confidential tip line at 949-7777.