SCAM ALERT: Man loses $7k on Internet purchase

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

TONOPAH, Ariz. -- A Tonopah man thought he was dealing with eBay, but it turns out he was dabbling in a clever scam.

Using the Internet to find cool things to buy is pretty common, but even when you start out using a legitimate website be careful not to be lured somewhere else.

Dean Rimoldi has a passion for guitars and creating music. He said he really got into music a few years ago when he almost died.

“I got very ill in 2004 and was in a coma, and when something like that happens you take inventory of your life and figure out what you haven't done yet that you want to, and for me it was play the guitar," Rimoldi explained.

Rimoldi taught himself how to play, and recently decided to reward himself by buying a 1959 Fender guitar.

"The guitar has collector value and it was also made the year that I was born so it's been a dream of mine to own a 1959 Stratocaster," he explained.

Rimoldi searched the Internet and came across the very guitar he wanted.

"I've seen them anywhere from $17,000 to $50,000," Rimoldi stated.

The guitar he found was being auctioned on eBay, and he actually won with a high bid of $6,600.

The guitar's seller told Rimoldi in order to ship the guitar he needed to wire the $6,600 first, which he did. 

"As soon as I wired the money I got an email saying thank you for your prompt payment, I'm out of town and won't be back until Friday, and I will ship the guitar on Friday," Rimoldi stated.

Unfortunately, Friday came and went and the guitar never arrived.

In fact, to this day Rimoldi still hasn't received the high dollar instrument, and has chalked it up to a scam.

So 3 On Your Side got involved.  eBay tells us that it appears the scammer somehow lured Rimoldi offline after the bid, which is when he was instructed to wire the money.

Rimoldi is devastated and said it's an expensive lesson he hopes other's learn from

"Don't ever exchange payment without whatever you're paying for being handed to you," Rimoldi warned.

These wiring scams are getting crazy, so here’s a slogan hopefully everyone remembers.

"If you're asked to wire, they're a liar.”

Remember that, and you won't get ripped off.