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By Cindy Klose | December 14, 2011
Two Florida women are recovering after one donated a kidney to the other. The match came about because of a Craigslist posting-the women didn't know each other before Selina Hodge asked for help-looking for anyone to donate a kidney to her. She received more than 800 responses. It turns out, Stephanie Grant lived just miles away and turned out to be a match. Read more of their story here .
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June 10, 2009
by Michael Schwanke Contact FactFinder 12 at 831-6166 or investigators@kwch.com The selection is almost endless. Craigslist is popular, and for most users, it's beneficial. But, it has a dark side too.  "It's amazing the amount of damage someone can do and what's scary is you can be an absolute innocent, non-participant in this stuff," says David Serling. Serling found and traded for a computer on Craigslist. When it didn't work, he contacted the seller who Serling says began posting false for sale ads using his information.
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By Kara Sewell and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | November 21, 2010
It appeared to be a safe place. In a parking lot, in the middle of the day. Saturday, police say a Wichita family selling their Playstation-portable on Craigslist met a potential buyer in a Taco Bueno parking lot. But instead of an exchange, a woman and two teenage boys were robbed at gunpoint. The suspect brought a briefcase with him and stole her purse, three cell phones and the Play station-portable. "You are taking a risk anytime you meet a stranger in a strange place," says Sgt. John Hoofer.
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By Michael Schwanke and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | July 19, 2011
FactFinder 12 Investigators talked to seven people who say they were scammed by the same man on Craigslist. The victims all posted ads selling vehicles on Craigslist, and were contacted by Robert Janzen. Jansen doesn't appear to do anything to hide his identity. He agrees to buy cars and motorcycles, convinces the sellers to give him the vehicle without payment, and then never returns. “He gave me his driver's license, phone numbers, social security number and addresses,” says Kim Pata.
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by John Boyd and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | July 11, 2011
Wichita police say a man was trying to sell his iPad on Craigslist, but ended up getting robbed at knifepoint. It happened Friday at around 7:00 pm in the 1300 block of N. Oliver. Police say the victim made arrangements to sell the iPad to someone responding to his Craigslist ad, but when he got there, he learned it was a setup.  The robber pulled a knife on him while another person grabbed the device.  Both ran into a getaway car driven by a third person. Police say they've interviewed at least two of the supsects, but it's not clear if either was arrested.
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By Dave Roberts | September 4, 2010
Craigslist has apparently closed the adult services section of its website, two weeks after 17 state attorneys general demanded it shut down the section. The link was replaced Saturday by a black and while "censored" logo. Kansas Attorney General Steve Six was one of the 17 state AG's who pressed for the change. Six says he is encouraged by this apparent step in eliminating the adult service section.  "I hope this is a permanent step Craigslist has taken in response to our group of attorneys general, shining a spotlight on this dark corner on the Internet.
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December 21, 2009
By Kim Hynes (WICHITA, Kan.) A free Christmas car give away for five lucky people. It probably sounds too good to be true and come to find out it is. Someone keeps posting fake ads on Craigslist, telling people to go to a Wichita salvage yard to pick up a free car. "It's doubtful anyone is going to give away one car for free much less five cars," said manager Jon Rajsl. Yet for the last week, A to Z has had people show up for the Christmas car giveaway posted on Craigslist.
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By Roger Cornish and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | July 23, 2012
Two Wichita men have pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges in connection with stolen goods sold on Craigslist. Twenty-three year old Jordan Smith Wichita, pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud. Co-defendant 21-year-old Thomas Griffin, Jr. pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting wire fraud. In their pleas, they admitted 36 people were victims and more than $115,964 worth of personal property was stolen in a series of burglaries Smith committed in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
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By Eyewitness News | May 2, 2012
District Attorney Nola Foulston is warning citizens about several scams targeting consumers in Sedgwick County. Gift Card Scam The Office of the District Attorney has received numerous complaints from consumers reporting they received a telephone call or text message from an unknown person advising the consumer that they won a WalMart gift card ranging from $50 to $100. The caller may go as far as putting a “supervisor” on the phone to try to convince the consumer the winning is legitimate.
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by John Boyd and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | January 6, 2012
Wichita police are investigating after a 21-year-old woman says she was raped by a stranger she met on Craigslist. The woman reports meeting the man on the website, and agreed to meet him at the Quik trip on east Central.  The two of them decided to go back to his place, where she says she passed out after being given a drink. She says she woke up with the suspect on top of her.  The victim says she was then placed inside a vehicle and driven to an unknown location where she was dumped out of the car. She walked to a nearby Quik Trip and called 911. Wichita police urge people to be cautious when meeting people online, whether it's through Craigslist or any site.
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By Samantha Anderson and KWCH | October 23, 2013
Salina police arrested 51-year old Samone Wortham in connection to an alleged Craigslist scam. She has been booked in on multiple charges including theft and forgery. Investigators say she admits to sending sellers on Craigslist fake money orders made out to an amount higher than the asking price. Police say she would then call them and act like the high amount was an accident and ask them to send back the difference as soon as possible. "They were made to feel, that if they didn't return the money then they would be a thief," Lt. Jim Norton with the Salina Police said.
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by Jim Grawe and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | September 18, 2013
Tahra Levering says she couldn't just sit back and do nothing. While her sister was trying to find a renter for her house on Craigslist, someone else was trying to rent out that same house too.  They copied the ad, lowered the rent $150, and replaced the contact information with an email address. "These people are crooks," Levering says.  "They need to be caught!" By the time Levering and her sister discovered the phony ad, her sister had already rented out the house for real.  At that point, Levering decided she'd do a little detective work and go undercover as a potential tenant and try to expose the scammer.
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by John Boyd and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | September 17, 2013
Each day, we comb through pages upon pages of crime reports from the Wichita Police Department.  Below is a quick glance at some bits and pieces from those sheets.  These reports are designed to give you an idea of what residents and police are dealing with around town. You can read all of the sheets by going here: WPD Media Reports (click on the "Media Reports" tab) Funny Money... A 48/m who works at a business in the 1600 block of S. Hydraulic says a customer gave him a fake bill.
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KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | August 8, 2013
A Wichita man has been sentenced to more than 14 years in prison for electronic solicitation. Todd Kautz, 44, pleaded guilty July 15 and received a sentence of 176 months in prison Thursday. The investigation began when a 37-year-old man saw a Craigslist ad from someone attempting to solicit teenage boys for sex. The Wichita resident was upset that someone would write such a post and later told police he responded to the ad as if he were a 13-year-old boy. After several lewd text messages from the person who advertised on Craigslist, the 37-year-old man reported the incident to police, and the Exploited and Missing Child Unit began an investigation.
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KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | August 3, 2013
Wichita Police are searching for suspects accused of stealing a man's wallet during a Craigslist deal. It happened in the 7700 block of east Central around 9 p.m. Friday. Police report a 25-year-old man met another man at that location to buy an iPad. Once the victim got into the suspect's car, another man entered the vehicle and demanded money. The suspect got out of the car with the victim's money, cell phone and wallet. The driver is described as a black man about 18 or 19 years old, 5'5" tall, with a thin build, medium complexion.
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by Veronica Hill and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | April 14, 2013
Two people wanted to buy a PlayStation that they saw listed on Craigslist, instead they were almost robbed and shot at. It happened in the 8000 block of east Grail street around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Two people were responding to a Craigslist ad to buy a PlayStation. They met two sellers in their 20s near Harry and Rock Road to discuss the transaction. While they were negotiating, one of the suspects tried to enter their car to rob them. The buyers started to drive away when the suspect fired five to six shots at the car. The car was not struck and no one was injured.
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by Sia Nyorkor and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | January 25, 2013
It's an old scam with a new twist. Victims lured with the opportunity to work-from-home and make big bucks. But the Better Business Bureau warns, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. "A lot of us are looking for the next big thing," said Denise Groene, spokeswoman. "Do your homework before you start. " One viewer called Eyewitness News to report she had replied to an ad on Craigslist. The employer asked the woman to wire $940 for work supplies. The Better Business Bureau said the agency does not endorse any work-from-home ads on Craigslist.  "In this case, he was wanting her credit card information," Groene said.
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By John Boyd and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | August 27, 2012
Wichita police are looking for three men who robbed a man during a meeting that initiated on Craigslist.  Police say the victim arranged to meet a man to purchase a flatscreen TV and PlayStation 3. They met in an apartment complex in the 600 block of W. 27th Street Sunday evening. Police say the victim was approached by three black males, wearing gloves, black hoodies and black athletic shorts.  One of them pulled out a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded cash from the victim.
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By Roger Cornish and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | July 23, 2012
Two Wichita men have pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges in connection with stolen goods sold on Craigslist. Twenty-three year old Jordan Smith Wichita, pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud. Co-defendant 21-year-old Thomas Griffin, Jr. pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting wire fraud. In their pleas, they admitted 36 people were victims and more than $115,964 worth of personal property was stolen in a series of burglaries Smith committed in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
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Pilar Pedraza and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | June 24, 2012
“They could potentially have their identity stolen,” said Hutchinson realtor Shane Mog. A recurring scam has hit Craigslist again.  This one targets potential home renters.  Realtors say they've seen the scam popping up more often recently.  And it's as simple as “copy and paste” to perpetrate. It was Realtor Shane Mog's ad alright, but he didn't put it on Craigslist.  Someone else did, changing just a few words in the process. “We got a call from an agent that wanted to know if my property on 19th street was for rent,” Mog said.  “And I said, 'Absolutely not!
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