Police: Teen used movie ‘money’ to scam dirt bike sellers


NEW HARTFORD — A Utica teenager is accused of using movie money to scam two people selling dirt bikes on Facebook Marketplace, according to law enforcement officials.

Police said Cameron Major, 19, of Utica, logged onto Facebook Marketplace and offered to buy motorized dirt bikes from at least two individuals. Police said Major used an assumed name in the transactions.

The sellers traveled to New Hartford from the Albany and downstate areas, and police said Major asked them to meet late at night on dimly lit roads.

Police said Major paid the
sellers in cash money that looked real, but was actually fake money used in making movies.

Police said the sales were in the thousands of dollars.

Major was taken into custody on Wednesday on two counts of third-degree grand larceny, a class D felony, police said.

He was arraigned in Town Court and was released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to reappear in court.

Police warn anyone making sales online to always verify
the identity of the buyer prior to the meeting, and to conduct the sale during the day in a well-lit area.


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