Teen falls for “dog sitter” scam

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LANCASTER COUNTY, PA(WPMT) A bitter, costly lesson for a Lancaster County teenager who responded to a Craig’s List ad requesting a dog sitter. After email contact, the victim, an 18 year old Salisbury Township woman, was told that she would be paid $300 to watch a dog that would be transported to her commercially.

A fraudulent check worth $1,450 was then sent to her with instructions to cash it and then send the extra money via Wal-Mart wire transfer to the “transport company”.

The victim deposited the fraudulent check at her bank and took $1,000 from her own account while the check was pending.  She then sent the $1,000 cash via wire transfer to a man identified to her as “Richard Ohler”. Wal-Mart cash transfers can be picked up an any Wal-Mart with identification. The transfer was picked up.

She soon received a text the “transport company” needed more money. This time the victim balked at sending more cash and called the State Police.

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