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