BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) -- Photos of a man police said defrauded two people out of thousands of dollars by posting bogus ads for cars on Craigslist have been released by Beaverton authorities. And they're saying everything about this man is a fraud.
The pictures were taken by the daughter of one of his alleged victims, Rigoberto Cabrera.
Cabrera told KOIN 6 News he saw an ad for a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta on Craiglist and made a deal with the seller for $5,000.
Cabrera thought he was getting a deal on the car "because it's kind of a newer car for that kind of money."
On June 13, he gave the man a $500 deposit, then the next week handed over $3,000 for the title. He said they were supposed to drive to Beaverton to get the car.
Before they could leave, the seller said he was going to use a bathroom at a nearby McDonald's. He never came back.
"I work out in the field, and working in the field to save $3,000, it takes a while," Cabrera said. "I'm angry, you know."
His daughter gave the pictures she took to police.
"The person who was presenting that car had a stolen driver's license, a forged title or fraudulent title and a stolen license plate on the car," said Beaverton Police Sgt. James Shumway.
Investigators later discovered a second person had fallen victim to the suspect in an identical scam. In that incident, the victim, Gamaliel Vega, met the suspect near SW 6th Avenue in downtown Portland and lost $11,000.
Both victims describe the suspect as 6-feet tall with a thick Russian accent.
"I'd like to catch him, you know," Cabrera said about talking to KOIN 6 News. "I'm not going to get my money back -- but, at least, catch him."
Anyone with information on the suspect's identity can call Beaverton police at 503.629.0111.
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