Before Handing Over $9,000, Make Sure TV Salesman Really Works At Sears

When someone approaches you with a deal that seems irresistible, sometimes there’s a good reason why. For example, the person offering you a truckload of televisions for $900 each when they retail for $3,000 may not be a legitimate representative of the electronics department at Sears.

It’s hard to see logic through a filter of greed, though. The man who bought the TVs in Nashua, New Hampshire saw a great business opportunity and planned to resell them.

Police say that the alleged fake salesman had called him up, offering a great deal on a “tax-free” TV sale. The customer decided that he would take ten of the deeply discounted televisions, because why question such a great deal? He could turn around and resell them.

The two men met up at the local Sears, where the fake salesman wore a Sears name badge and collected the $9,000 in cash in exchange for a legitimate-looking receipt. Then he disappeared.

The fake Sears salesman has been charged with theft by deception, a felony.

Police: Man posing as store employee tricks victim out of $9,000 [Nashua Telegraph]

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  1. ResNullum says:

    Paying for a product and never receiving it? Employees disappearing without a trace? How is this different from a normal transaction at Sears?

    • SingleMaltGeek says:

      If this were an actual Sears employee they never would have shown up to take the guy’s money in the first place.

  2. Seli says:

    Not to mention the fact that there is no sales tax in NH, anyway, so the scammer offering a special “tax free sale” is should have pinged the victims’s radar. Many of us in MA regularly travel up to NH to shop for that reason.

    • C0Y0TY says:

      MA can still claim the tax anyway, calling it a Use Tax. From Wikipedia: “For example, a resident of Massachusetts, with a 6.25% “sales and use tax” on certain goods and services, purchases non-exempt goods or services in New Hampshire for use, storage or other consumption in Massachusetts. Under New Hampshire law, the New Hampshire vendor collects no sales taxes on the goods, but the Massachusetts purchaser/user must still pay 6.25% of the sales price directly to the Department of Revenue in Massachusetts as a use tax.”

  3. Alecto67 says:

    The adage “You can’t cheat an honest man” applies here. A cold call offering an absurdly discounted, tax-free, cash-only transaction? Radar warnings should have been going off all over the place.