NAPLES, Fla. – An Old Naples resident is out anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 after falling victim to a gambling scam.
“If it’s too good to be true – it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” said Lt. Bryan McGinn with the Naples Police Department.
According to Naples PD records obtained by NBC2, a man reportedly placed tens of thousands of dollars worth of bets on this year’s “March Madness” basketball tournament – with a bookie.
The unnamed bookie said these bets were “guaranteed” and could “double your money.”
“They got them to basically give them money. By doing so you just did that – you essentially gave them money. It’s gonna be hard to prove, hard to investigate, that a he said she said event occurred,” said Lt. McGinn.
When looking to withdraw that money that was placed, the bookie was gone, along with the bets that were supposedly placed.
“I’m not sure how you’re betting with someone you don’t really trust … It’s kind of bizarre to me. You’re giving all this money to someone and he just runs away from you,” said J.T. Mooser, a casual sports bettor.
Naples Police say they do not know whether or not the scammer is still in the Naples area.
“Be cognizant of who you do business with, make sure you have all the proper entities, titles, taxes, insurance, and you’ll limit involvement in things like this,” said Lt. McGinn.
This investigation is ongoing. Count on NBC2 to continually update this story as more details develop.
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