Teenager scammed out of car after answering Craigslist ad
July 09, 2018 10:28 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - An Albuquerque teenager says he was scammed out of the car that he already put money toward.
Brendon Armstead responded to a listing on Craigslist for a 2011 Ford Taurus.
Armstead went over everything he could think of with the owner, Jeffrey Murden.
“Looked at everything mechanical, licensing, registration, the VIN number and all that matched. Test drove it. [I] decided wanted to put a down payment of $1,500,” said Armstead.
Armstead signed a contract to make payments on the car. He got a receipt and the car key.
But little did Armstead know, he was about to get more than he bargained for.
“I was asking how he was going to get back home and at first he said his wife was going to come pick him up and then he actually asked if I could drop him off at his wife's work,” said Armstead. “He said she was a nurse at UNM Hospital.”
Armstead says he drove Murden to UNM Hospital, then realized something wasn’t right.
“He said he wanted me to meet his wife,” said Armstead. “So I stood out of the car momentarily and I thought I should really take pictures of this and his license, and as I was taking pictures, he turned the corner and I saw him take off.”
Murden drove away in the car Armstead put money down to purchase.
And as it turns out, this was not the first time a man named Jeffrey Murden, also known as Jeremy Murden, has reportedly pulled the same scheme with the same car.
“I look up Jeremy Murden. I found that he was imprisoned in Nevada back in 2010,” explained Armstead. “I looked up his alias and saw that he was running this con again and that was aired on the news in Nevada.”
In that case, that victim has video of the sale. Murden says he took off with that same 2011 Taurus from outside the victim's home, plus $4,500.
Armstead just hopes his story puts the brakes on this recurring scheme for good.
“It's a lot of money, but you know I'm alright you know and what is taken will be provided for and I have full faith in that. I have a good community. Good family. I'll be alright,” said Armstead.
Armstead says police told him this is a civil case so they can't go after Murden.
“He told me that it’s not at this point a criminal offense, but it’s a civil case,” said Armstead. “There’s nothing they can do to go after him or arrest him so he can run this con and the crime. The law can’t stop him.”
Armstead also said the situation could have been a lot worse.
“He asked, you know, if I worked out or how fast I am and stuff like that. I told him I wrestled in high school. I played football in High school and all that,” said Armstead. “That’s when I realized he was going to have to get away from me.”
Armstead is taking the incident in stride. He has a lot to be proud of. He has a scholarship at Notre Dame and he’s studying to become a mechanical engineer.
Updated: July 09, 2018 10:28 PM
Created: July 09, 2018 10:14 PM
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