FAIRFIELD - Fairfield police say a man was scammed out of thousands of dollars while trying to apply for a job through Craigslist to make extra money for the holiday season.

Gerardo Lambert, of Fairfield, says he applied for a job as a chauffer and was told he had been selected. The scammer then allegedly had him wire money that he was cheated out of, Lambert says.

Sgt. James Perez warns residents to look for red flags to avoid becoming a victim.

"Any single time that anyone says to you 'I want you to wire the money,' right there you should run," Perez says.