EDGEWOOD (KRQE) - There are lots of deals to score online during this holiday shopping season, but one New Mexico man found out sometimes they are too good to be true.
He paid nearly $2,000 for a laptop but when it came in the mail, it wasn't at all what he expected.
Santa Fe County Sheriff's detectives say the man found an Apple Mac Pro laptop on eBay with a price tag of $1,800 and no glaring red flags, especially because it wasn't from a foreign address. The seller was from New York.
Detectives say the man paid for the purchase through PayPal, paid a little more for shipping and waited.
But when it came it was not what he had ordered.
"The box actually contained papers and not a computer," says Lt. William Pacheco with the Santa Fe Sheriff's office.
Someone from New York paid $12.55 to send a pile of Rite-Aid ads instead of the laptop.
Lt. Pacheco says the box didn't look like it had been tampered with in the mail and tape tightly sealed the box.
"At this point, we'll talk with law enforcement in New York and see if we can find a suspect and get the money or the computer for this male," Pacheco says.
He says he has never seen a scammer take the time to send an empty box.
"The way it was packaged with enough weight to actually feel like a computer, that was pretty sneaky there."
To avoid getting scammed, make sure you are using safe and secure websites and use a credit card online so you can dispute the charges if you end up with something you didn't order.
If detectives track down the suspect in this latest fraud case, it will be up to the Santa Fe district attorney's office to file charges.
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