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Police Blotter, Sept. 20, 2015

Online puppy sale a scam

Posted: September 19, 2015 - 11:21pm

The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:

Online puppy sale a scam

A Martinez man said Wednesday he was scammed trying to buy a puppy online.

The 50-year-old man said he went online to purchase a Chihuahua on Sept. 10. He was contacted by e-mail and telephone by someone interested in selling a puppy for $300 plus a $150 shipping fee. The man agreed to buy the puppy for $200. He used Western Union to send $350 to a man in Newark, Del.

The man said he received an e-mail Sept. 14 which stated there was a problem with the shipping company and he needed to send another $660 for insurance paperwork and a cage fee. The man received several phone calls about the second money transfer and was told the puppy would be turned over to a rescue group if he didn’t pay. He was also told he’d be charged $10,000 if the puppy went to a rescue because he’d be abandoning the puppy, which was registered in his name. Scared of the abandonment fee, the man sent an additional $660. He was instructed to send the receipt as proof of the transaction, but was never given an address.

On Wednesday, the man received another e-mail stating the agreement was the puppy would be sent once the deposit is paid with no other charge and the seller would see if a flight was available to send the puppy. Less than an hour later, the man got another e-mail demanding $260 to revaccinate the puppy because its 12-hour vaccines had expired and another $120 for feeding and accommodation. The seller kept stating that the puppy would be sent once $380 in additional fees are paid to a different person in Newark.

The man did not send the money and called authorities.

Man says oil in trucks tainted

A Grovetown man called authorities Tuesday stating someone tainted the oil in his trucks.

The 46-year-old man said someone maliciously damaged his two trucks by adding something to the oil. He said someone added something to the oil in his Ford F250 truck causing the engine to lock up and not work. He noticed the truck was running rough on Sept. 6. When he checked the oil, he noticed the level was excessively high. He checked the oil on his Ford F250 Super Duty truck and found the oil level high in it as well.

The man replaced the oil in the Super Duty, but not the other truck. He noticed the oil came out thicker than normal. On Monday, the engine in the F250 stopped working.

Home entered

An Evans woman called deputies to her home Tuesday stating someone has been sneaking into her house.

The woman said she believes someone is coming into her house, taking things and moving items around. She said she’s noticed clothing missing, then being returned. She believes someone is also taking things from the house. Fraudulent medical claims

A Martinez woman told deputies Monday that someone used her information to make nearly $40,000 in reimbursements for dental work.

The 53-year-old woman said she received a letter from the IRS stating she didn’t report $38,432 in medical compensation on her 2013 tax returns. All the charges are from dental companies throughout the United States.

The woman said she had no affiliation with the companies and none are her dental care provider. She contacted the IRS and was told to file an incident report with local law enforcement as part of the investigation process into the dispute.

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