Man swindled out of hundreds in car scam

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ATLANTA —

A man says giving his money to a woman claiming to be a hospital employee for an online car deal turned out to be a fraud.

"It was a mistake. You learn from your mistake," said the man, who wants his identity withheld after a woman posing as a midtown hospital employee ripped him off.

He and his wife were responding to a Craigslist ad for a 2000 Dodge Neon. The ad stated the car was a gas-saver in good condition and the pictures looked promising, he told Channel 2's Eric Phillips.

So the couple agreed to meet the seller outside of the hospital where she allegedly works.

He said the woman he thought was selling a car met him at the hospital wearing scrubs. She told him to pay half of the money, which was $600 and then pick up the car at another location. But when the couple arrived at that location in DeKalb County, the car wasn't there.

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Now the man says he is concerned for his security.

"Is she an employee of the hospital, is she not an employee of the hospital? What does she have access to?" he said.

The man said he is working with the hospital to try to identify the seller on surveillance footage.