Craiglist scam ruins Christmas gift plans for Colorado Springs father

November 27, 2013 Updated: November 27, 2013 at 11:21 am
photo -  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File) 

A Colorado Springs father's plans to purchase a PlayStation 4 video game console for his son through a Craigslist ad were thwarted when he realized the box contained towels and the crook got away with his money, according to police.

The victim answered the Craiglist ad and agreed to meet the seller at the lobby of the Hilton Garden Inn Motel on the 2000 block of Aerotech Drive about 6 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

Upon completing the transaction, the father checked the box and found it was stuffed with towels, as the unidentified man fled with cash in hand. Police said the man got away in a blue or green Toyota Corolla waiting in the parking lot.

Anyone with information can call police at 444-7000.

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