Butler County woman reports scam involving request to advertise on vehicle

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An Oxford woman reported being scammed out of $1,500 after responding to an online advertisement sent to her e-mail account seeking individuals willing to display ads on their vehicle, according to a police report.

She told police June 9 she had received the e-mail May 27 and had seen similar ads before.

She said she did some research and decided to answer the ad, feeling it was legitimate.

She contacted someone named “Walter” who arranged to send her a check for $3,850 and to send $1,500 to a third party who would schedule the vehicle advertisement. She deposited the check June 5 and saw the money post to her account and thought it all legitimate but on June 8, the bank informed her the check was fraudulent and her account was overdrawn.

The victim told the officer she attempted to call “Walter” and when she informed him she was going to call the police, he hung up the phone. She provided a copy of the check and her bank account statement as evidence and when the officer attempted to call the number, it was not available.

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