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Wednesday 01/27/2010 3:11 PM - Nigerian Scam

Contact: Brandy Swain
Phone: (805) 781-4578
Type of Incident: Nigerian Scam
Date and Time of Incident: 1/25/2010
Place of Occurrence: Northern San Luis Obispo County
Victim Information: N/A
Suspect Information: Unknown
Details of News Release: The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department is warning the community of a Nigerian Scam involving Craig's List. Deputies report that the scam involves the suspect sending a check for an amount higher than the price negotiated by the seller. The suspect then asks that the seller cash the check, keep an extra $100 for themselves, then send back the remaining via Western Union. The original check is usually a forgery. If you have been contacted by someone using a similar scam, the Sheriff's Department urges you NOT to do any financial dealings with them and report the incident to your local law enforcement agency.

Prepared By: bswain
Released: Wednesday 01/27/2010 3:11 PM