FORT MYERS, Fla.- Buyer beware if you shop online. A Lee County man says he just got ripped off using Facebook.
Luis Arredondo says he was scammed and nearly lost hundreds of dollars.
All from a simple classified ad on Facebook that was posted to a southwest Florida group named "Lehigh Acres Sell, Buy and Trade."
"They offered two African Grey parrots they were trying to get rid of," said Arredondo.
Arredondo tells WINK News, the seller sent him pictures of the birds and even asked him numerous questions.
"She was asking about my income, who lives with me, am I going to have time for the birds," said Arredondo.
Everything seemed normal until the woman asked him for his payment to be wired to Ukraine.
"That's what raised a lot of flags," said Arredondo.
Arredondo sent the money anyway--more than $200.
"The birds were supposed to get here at 10 and at 9 o'clock they called us talking about there was a problem with the Western Union," said Arredondo.
Turns out, the shipping company didn't have any record of the transaction.
And that woman who had been communicating with Arredondo had vanished.
"Elaborate stories. All designed to trick you," said Shaun Book with Area 51 PC in Fort Myers.
Book says there is a new method for scammers online targeting you and your money.
"First be very friendly with them, then eventually lead in to this will be a financial obligation to me, and oh by the way, can you help me out," said Book.
Book also says always look out for mispelled words or incorrect grammar on posts.
"These guys are really making a good living by tricking hard-working people out of their money," said Book.
Arredondo received his money back from Western Union and the Lee County Sheriff's Office is investigating.