CLEARFIELD -- Police are advising residents who are selling items online to get paid before handing over the item and to never accept a check for more than the price of what they're selling.
A Clearfield man is no longer in possession of his black 2001 Mitsubishi Diamante, and another man is charged with second-degree felony theft by deception.
The car's owner listed his Mitsubishi for sale on KSL.com. A man called, and the two agreed to meet at the Utah Transit Authority FrontRunner station in Clearfield on March 23, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in 2nd District Court on Thursday.
The man, who was identified by the victim as Tyler William Stevens, agreed to buy the car for $2,000 but then said he needed time to get the money, according to the court document.
The victim allowed Stevens to take the car after Stevens agreed to pay the $2,000 and an additional $500 by March 29.
But no payments were made and all calls made by cellphone to Stevens went unanswered, according to the document.
The victim identified Stevens through the man's cellphone number, which was listed to Stevens, and also by pictures found on Facebook, according to the report.
Police contacted Stevens, who denied ever being in Clearfield or in possession of the car.
"The car has not been located. It could have been sold, traded or hid or even used and ditched," said Clearfield Police Cpl. Devin Rogers.
Rogers said people should never allow another person to take their property without receiving full payment for it first.
He said he has seen other scams in which the buyer offers a check to the buyer for more than the asking price. The buyer asks the seller to cash the check and send back the excess amount.
The checks turn out to be counterfeit, Rogers said, and many times, the seller loses the property, as well as all of the funds.