Emily Graham Duped Out of $19K Ring in Elaborate Craigslist Scam
Berkeley Lieutenant Art Jackson Jr. tells Daily RFT that there is a person of interest based on similarities to another type of scam. Jackson says he can't go into details, but that the seller in that case didn't go through with the deal because he sensed something was amiss.
Cops are also checking into Graham's story. She is a self-proclaimed Web marketing guru who told the Post-Dispatch she had never heard of Craigslist scams, which sounds a little strange. Even stranger, on the same day she was mugged, she created a GoFundMe page to raise $30,000 for an after-school program to prevent children from growing up to become Craigslist ring thieves. As she describes it:
"We all are born innocent sweet children and for the most part the way we are brought up determines what we accept as right and wrong. Well, the adults that mugged me must have grown up with a hard life. My heart goes out to other kids that are being raised in the same environment. Kids, who I believe have an instinct to what doing the the [sic] right thing is. But then they see the people in their life doing differently and resort to the same desparate [sic] measures to survive.
Lieutenant Jackson says he just found out yesterday about Graham's Web presence. (As of this morning it appears the fundraiser page has been taken down.)
"We are looking into that," he said. "I don't understand why she just wouldn't use PayPal."
Daily RFT reached out to Graham for comment, but have yet to hear back.
Despite those red flags, the police believe her story so far and have even released a photo of the alleged thief which you can check out here. More as we learn it.