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Nov 21, 2019

A Golf Car Deal Goes Awfully Wrong for a Placencia Resident

Hilberto Romero

A man from Placencia was conned out of four thousand dollars. Police say that seventy-two-year-old naturalized Belizean Allan Stamm saw a deal for a golf cart on Facebook and contacted the seller.  Stamm met with the seller, someone with a profile name of Thomas Young, and gave him a part payment of four thousand dollars. The man gave Stamm a receipt and that is the last he saw and heard from him.  Senior Superintendent Hilberto Romero says that Stamm reported the incident on Monday.


Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero, Deputy Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“He made contact with one Thomas Young on Facebook regarding the sale of a golf cart. Arrangements were made to make a down payment of four thousand dollars and the payment was received by a male person at Belama, where he gave the person there a receipt after the person received the money he left and thereafter the complainant is unable to locate this person or to get the golf-cart. Police is conducting an investigation to find out who this person.   We want to warn the public that they should be careful and ask for more details and more facts before any transaction like that is done. Ask for identification and verify before you make any payment as such.”


According to Romero, they don’t have any suspects at this time, but there’s a group of persons who regularly conduct those fraudulent deals and so they will see if any of them had a hand in this deceptive business deal. Romero says that there have been at least three incidents of this kind, involving golf carts, this year. The Police’s I.T. personnel may also factor into the case, considering the buyer and seller met online.

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