A Mandan man has told police he was scammed out of more than $850.

According to a statement from the Mandan Police Department, the Mandan man listed a vehicle for sale in an online classified advertisement and received an offer to buy the vehicle from someone who claimed to be in the military in California. The would-be buyer wanted the car shipped to California and offered to pay for the vehicle and transportation via PayPal. However, he wanted the seller to send the payment to a transportation company via Western Union, at which point the buyer would release funds to the seller.

The Mandan man wired $850 via Western Union to California on Wednesday. He became suspicious when the buyer asked for additional money for insurance and fees to be wired to Chicago.

Mandan police recommend anyone contacted by a potential buyer use care in completing sales. If a buyer wants a seller to pay for fees or expenses and be reimbursed, it is a scam, the statement from the department said. Another sign of a scam is a buyer asking a seller to deposit a check for more than the purchase amount and wire additional money back.

“Remember, wiring money is just like sending cash. Once the money is wired, it is gone. You can't get your money back. This is what the scammers depend on,” the statement said.