A 24-year-old Ohio man in Darien last week told police he lost money trying to transact a car deal through a phoney website for a legitimate organization.

The man told police he visited a website he believed to be run by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, an organization that supports American military personnel. The man said the website indicated that he could purchase a vehicle online, but was told he needed to make a deposit.

According to the report, he was sent an email with a bank account number and instructions for depositing $1,600 into the account. The victim forwarded the account information Dec. 11, and was contacted a day later by a man identified as "Corey," who said he represented AAFES. The man said he was told to deposit the remaining $1,600 to complete the purchase.

The victim became suspicious and decided to contact the AAFES website -- this time it was the legitimate one -- and learned the earlier process was a scam.

He was advised by police not to deposit any more money or give out any personal information.