A buyer from Facebook Marketplace allegedly scored a PlayStation 5 console and controller from an unwitting seller using $750 in counterfeit bills, according to the Forest Park police.
The seller contacted police on Dec. 16 and told them they had arranged to meet the buyer in the parking lot of the police department to complete the transaction. The buyer asked to see the PlayStation to verify its authenticity, then handed over the cash in $50 increments and left the scene with their purchase.
Shortly after the transaction, the buyer noticed that the bills were fake and all had identical serial numbers.
The Facebook page used by the buyer disappeared after the bogus sale was completed.
This information was obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.