Emily Graham Duped Out of $19K Ring in Elaborate Craigslist Scam

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Emily K. Graham is missing a ring.
A Wisconsin woman says she was robbed of a $19,000 diamond ring after she put up an ad on Craigslist, and was taken in by a bizarre and elaborate scam.

Emily K. Graham needed some dough. She was going through a divorce and money was tight, so she decided to sell her engagement ring. A man contacted her, seemed legit, and after a lot of back and forth, offered to fly her to St. Louis so they could go to an appraiser together and seal the deal.

Graham told the Post-Dispatch she was picked up by a driver at the airport who -- instead of taking her to the appraiser -- pretended to get lost and pulled over behind an abandoned building in the Berkeley neighborhood. As they were stopped man rushed up to Graham's window and started pounding on it, demanding the ring. The driver put his hands up and did not hit the gas. Graham told the paper she was forced out of the car, and the thief took her ring, purse, laptop and her shoes before pistol-whipping her.

"I said, can I just have my ID? And then he hit me over the head and said, 'Shut up, you stupid bitch,'" Graham told KMOV.

After the thieves drove off together in the car she'd arrived in, Graham called the police, told them her story, and went back home to Wisconsin as the police looked into the case.



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chejoubert
chejoubert

Think about it though - I'm sure the number of people who get cheated in retail establishments is far more than Craigslist. In fact it's so rare to get 'cheated' on Craigslist it's actually a newsworthy event. While people get cheated in retail establishments every day and it's never on the news. Ditto for getting murdered. How many people per day are murdered in retail establishments? Probably way more than from using Craigslist.

Kim Lowell
Kim Lowell

I thought insurance fraud until I read that she said it isn't insured. Unless she is lying about that. If she is telling the truth, she is not very bright.

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

Guess who didn't marry the smart one...

I wonder who bought the ticket?  

The upshot: She will still be on the hook for the value of the ring in the divorce.


Cappy Sue
Cappy Sue

I think something hinky went on even if she agreed to fly there and meet why in the holy hell would she have ever left the airport with this person. That or as others stated painfully stupid.

Brian Bradley
Brian Bradley

It's a bullshit story. And if she's doing this to get more hits on her blog, then she should be ashamed of herself.

Tania Novak
Tania Novak

I do not believe this story for a min...19k ring no idea about craigslist, posting the story and all that. She must think the everyone is a stupid as she is.

Jacob Hamilton
Jacob Hamilton

Who tries selling something for 19k on craigslist? seriously..

Nancy Capps
Nancy Capps

Welcome to Lambert International Airport....now gimme your shoes.

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

People are really really dumb when they live in a bubble.

Travis Runyan
Travis Runyan

A) She's lying Or B) She's a complete moron.

Erin Kathleen Quinn
Erin Kathleen Quinn

I'm thinking insurance fraud. #1 who flies off to sell an item worth that much money to someone you know NOTHING about? #2 why would you not meet in public even if you did fly into town #3 how does a self-professed "web marketing guru" NOT know this was both stupid and dangerous? I think the whole thing is a crock!

Umar Lee
Umar Lee

one thing is clear: she is dumb as a f****** rock

anonymoose
anonymoose

There's one born every minute.  This one's name is Emily Graham.

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