Vermont State Police Warn About Internet Scam

VERMONT - Vermont State Police are warning of internet fraud in Dummerston.

During an investigation, police say the complainant had posted an item for sale on Craigslist, and shortly after it was posted, got a reply from someone who mailed payment.

Officials say the complainant deposited the check, but the bank said it was a fraudulent check.  In this incident, police say the check was well above the listed price of the item posted for sale.

Authorities warn this type of scam is becoming more common through items listed for sale on Craigslist or other internet sale venues.  Generally the buyer will tell the seller the extra money is to be paid to the person picking up the item.  People buying items online should be cautious if the person posing as the buyer sends a check well above the listed item price, officials said in a statement.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call VSP Westminster barracks at (802) 722-4600 or call the State Police Crime Information Tip Line at (802) 241-5355.

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