Police seek public's help identifying suspected Craigslist scammer

BEAVERTON, Ore. – Police are asking for the public’s help identifying a man suspected of stealing thousands of dollars from at least two people using Craigslist scams involving car sales.

Rigoberto Cabrera of Beaverton said on June 13 he made arrangements to buy a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta on Craigslist for $5,000. He and his daughter met the seller in Beaverton and she took pictures of the man and his car. During the deal, the man showed them a stolen Washington driver’s license and a forged car title, according to police.

The car’s license plate was also stolen.

Cabrera agreed to buy the car and made arrangements to pick it up at a later time.

At their second meeting, the suspect took the money from Cabrera and gave him the forged car title. He said he would get the car from a nearby residence, but he left and did not return, police said.

Another victim reported an identical theft in Portland. Gamaliel Vega, who lost $11,000 in the identical scam, saw photos of the suspect from the Beaverton case and said the same man was responsible.

Both victims describe the suspect as six feet tall with an average build. He has a thick Russian accent, they said.

Anyone with information about the man’s identity is asked to call Beaverton police at 503-629-0111.