Archive for Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Chief urges residents to exercise caution

April 27, 2005

Tonganoxie police chief Ken Carpenter advises area residents to be cautious when offered good deals.

Because they probably aren't good, after all.

In the past week, Car-penter heard from two area residents who were nearly the victims of scams.

"A lady got a phone call telling her she won $150,000, but in order to get the money, she needed to send them $1,800," Carpenter said.

The other one was advertising a car for sale.

"He got a call from somebody saying they were from Ireland and they wanted to buy the car," Carpenter said. "They actually sent him a check for $22,000 and he was supposed to send them a check back for the difference and they would come by and pick up the car later."

Because both people who complained live in the county, and not in Tonganoxie, Carpenter referred them to the Leavenworth County sheriff's office.

Because he received two calls in a short time, Carpenter thinks there may be plenty of other scams out there.

"If there's anything weird at all, people should call their local police, and remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn't true," Carpenter said.

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