fbi prostitution 300FRANKFORT, KY (5/2/13) – Criminals capitalize on current events highlighted by the media, especially when the topic draws a significant amount of attention. The Internet Crime Center (IC3) often sees evidence of this via complaints. One topic in particular that has continued to receive national attention is gun legislation reform. As a result, gun sales have skyrocketed.
 
Consumers are not only purchasing firearms in stores, but online as well. The IC3 has seen an uptick in the number of complaints recently filed reporting fraudulent advertisements for firearms. Criminals entice victims into purchasing the firearms by using photos and descriptions hijacked from online firearm ads and advertise the firearms for below market value. The majority of the type of firearm that victims were attempting to purchase was a long gun.
 
In order to convince the buyer the transaction is legitimate, the criminal sometimes provides the victim a copy of a military photo ID via email, which they claim is theirs. Criminals also appear to know the procedures of transferring firearms by arranging for the firearm to be delivered to the victim’s local Federal Firearm Licensee (FFL). Many of the complainants fell for the scam, losing hundreds to over a thousand dollars in each transaction.
 
Remember, when dealing with someone online or over the phone, if it sounds too good to be true, it more than likely is.
 
SurfKY News
Information provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Photo provided by SurfKY News

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Posted on 2/2/14
1 DOW 17,945.65
-124.75 (-0.69%)    
2 S&P 2,089.50
-24.99 (-1.18%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,939.33
-77.60 (-1.55%)    

Most Read This Week

April 28, 2015 4227

Search for Stolen Vehicle Ends with Woman Charged…

by SurfKY News
April 27, 2015 3563

Online Petition Seeking Re­opening of Shanice…

by Samantha Carver, SurfKY News
April 28, 2015 3389

Man Charged with Stalking Smoke Shop Clerk

by MPD
April 27, 2015 2939

Hopkins County Drug War ― Are We Winning?

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
April 30, 2015 2867

Family Says 'Goodbye' to Dog After It Allegedly…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

April 17, 2015 15656

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 23, 2015 8519

Man Charged with Sodomy, Incest/Victim under 12

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

May 05, 2015 2188

School Board Studies Further Spending Cuts

by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 1797

Alleged Littering Leads to Drug Arrest

by SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 1604

Teen Injured During Collision with Police Cruiser

by SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 1088

Women ‘Get the Message’ at River Ministry Banquet

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 1069

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released - May…

by SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 1042

Three Injured in Two-Vehicle Collision

by SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 926

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

by SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 745

Dawson Springs Police Reports for Monday, May 4,…

by SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 646

Outstanding Students at MCC Recognized

by Joyce Riggs
May 04, 2015 567

Muhlenberg Christens Supreme Sports Complex

by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News