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Rockland Woman Victim Of Internet Scam

March 8, 2013

State Police locally are warning residents to continually be on the alert for Internet scams.

The latest caution comes following an incident in Rockland in which a 61 year-old woman was taken in by an “offer” to buy an item she was attempting to sell online.  The scammer sent the woman a check that was nearly $1,800 larger than the asking price of the item.  The victim was asked to return the overage via a Western Union transfer.

The check the woman had received turned out to be fraudulent.

A release from the State Police at the Franklin station cautions that you never “conduct a business transaction which requires you to return a portion of money received to the sender or a third party.”  The warning concludes by telling us these so-called “offers” always turn out to be scams.

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