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Sheriff warns of scam

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Sheriff John Anderson is warning consumers about accepting overpayments when selling items via the Internet after a local dodged an attempt at fraud.

According to the sheriff’s office, the resident posted a car for sale on Craigslist, and someone contacted the seller agreeing to purchase the car for the asking price of $600. “Gray Smith” sent the buyer a phony National Association of Realtors check for $2,450 and instructed the seller to cash the check, sending back the overpayment.

The buyer recognized it was an attempt at fraud. Instead of cashing it he notified the Sheriff’s Office.


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