Four arrested in Craiglist scam

June 12, 2008 2:07:14 PM PDT
New York City police have arrested four men suspected of setting up a fake Craiglist advertisement hawking iPhones, then robbing people at gunpoint when they answered the posting. Police say at least 12 different victims answered the ad, which had been posted on the Internet site since at least March.

Victims would bring cash and meet suspects at a Brooklyn street corner in the evenings, expecting to purchase iPhones in bulk, but were robbed instead. Police say thousands of dollars worth of valuables and cash were stolen.

Undercover officers answered one of the ads and met with the suspects Wednesday evening.

They say the suspects were arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit robbery and were found with a loaded 9-mm pistol.

A call to Craigslist officials was not immediately returned.