Lexington, SC (WLTX)- A 23 year old Midlands man tried to get money for school and sold his ATV and received more than $1,000 in fake cash.
"Really I didn't want to sell it, the only reason why I sold it was to pay for tuition next semester," said Donnie.
Donnie is no stranger to Craigslist and when he needed money to finish college he decided to sell his ATV.
"It took about a week and the following Friday we talked by phone and text message and we made an agreement to meet up at a certain place and to do the transaction," said Donnie. "He was a well spoken individual, he brought his brother and a few family members and some children with him and I shook all of their hands."
After meeting the buyer and receiving 15, 100 dollar bills, Donnie says he didn't expect what would happen next.
"The bank teller looked at it and went through it, marker tested it, it felt real, the markings were there, it wasn't until they put it through the counter machine that it spit it out and they said hey, we have to call the police."
The $1,500 dollars he received were fake.
"My heart definitely sunk, You feel like a big lesson has been learned, you can't really trust everyone you think you can trust and you have to take extra steps to back yourself up."
When making deals on sites like Craiglist here are some tips to protect yourself:
Make the transaction at a bank
Prepare a notarized Bill of Sale
Record the whole transaction on camera
Make the transaction at a bank. The bank can test the money.
"I don't want to see this happen to anyone else, if we can share our story and people can learn how to conduct a transaction safer that is what we want," said Don the victims father.
If you feel that you have received fake money call your local law enforcement.