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Here are community members' descriptions of what scam attempts on Decorah Now looked like:

I just wanted to alert you to an attempted scam that started with a classified listing on Decorah Now.

1) I received a notification that someone responded to my listing.

2) I replied to the email.

3) They told me they were wanted the item and asked for my lowest price. I responded.

4) They replied that wanted me to hold the item, they asked for my address so they could send payment.

5) They told me they were sending me a cashier’s check and then would make arrangements for pickup and asked for a phone number.

6) About a week later they contacted me that payment had been sent but a terrible mistake had been made and the check was sent for more than the amount and that they hoped they could trust me to do the right thing and return the overpayment to them. Monday they contacted me to inform that they had received notification that payment would be delivered that day. When I got home from work there was a priority envelope with what appeared to be a cashier’s check for about $2,000 over the agreed amount. They contacted me later that night to see if I had received payment and if I had deposited yet.I told them I had not had time to go to bank yet and they replied that I should use mobile deposit or an ATM to deposit, and then to keep the agreed upon price plus $100 plus $50 for the delay and then use Wal Mart direct cash transfer to send them the remaining over payment and they would send instructions once check was deposited. I told them I needed to take check to back to verify it was a real check.

7) They replied it is totally legit and had been sent to me by error and that they had fired their assistant for the mistake. I informed them I would check with the bank and If check was real I would contact them.

8) I went to Decorah Bank with the check yesterday and they told me it was a fraudulent check and this was totally a scam, they made a copy of the check so they could alert the bank whose name was on the check. I contacted the person and told them the check was fraudulent and would not be cashed, surprise no response.

Everything about this was suspicious so I was not surprised when it turned out to be a scam.

Hope others do not fall for it.

The email contact was from latuetalys@gmail.com and the name appeared as S B, just wanted you to know so others could be aware.



Dec. 1, 2017: This week I received a text from 949.484.6263 inquiring about an item I had for sale on DecorahNow. It ended up being a scam attempt. At one point she asked “what is your final asking price”, which I now know is a common phrase used by scammers. It was listed as a $10 item. It angers and it saddens me to think that people are trying to take advantage of those using this great community-based website.

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