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August 11, 2017

Westminster Barracks / Fraud








TROOPER: Sgt. Buckley                            

STATION: VSP Westminster                     

CONTACT#: 802-722-4600


DATE/TIME: 08/11/2017

LOCATION: Waterman Road, Dummerston, VT

VIOLATION: Attempted Internet Fraud


ACCUSED: Unknown                                                                   




VICTIM: (The Vermont State Police does not release the names of victims of sexual assault or domestic violence.)



On 08/11/2017, VSP Westminster received a report of an internet fraud in Dummerston. During the investigation, it was discovered that the complainant had posted an item for sale on Craigslist. Shortly after the item was posted, the complainant received a reply from an interested party and a payment for the item was mailed. Upon receipt of the check, the complainant deposited the check into his account. After the check was deposited, the complainant learned from his bank that the check was fraudulent. In this incident, the person attempting to purchase the item sent a check that was well above the listed price of the item posted for sale.


This is an increasingly common type of fraud that is perpetrated through items listed for sale on Craigslist and other internet sale venues. Generally, the buyer will tell the seller that the extra money is to be paid to the person picking the item up or the organization responsible for the transportation and delivery. Persons engaging in internet sales transactions via Craigslist and other internet sale venues should be particularly cautious if the person posing at the buyer sends a check for an amount well above the listed item price. Utilizing a common-sense approach regarding the sale is the best avenue to follow. It is strongly suggested to consider if the deal seems too good to be true, then it likely is.


Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Sgt. Buckley of the Vermont State Police – Westminster barracks at (802) 722-4600 or call the State Police Crime Information Tip Line at (802) 241-5355.  Anonymous crime tips can also be sent using your mobile device. Text the keyword VTIPS to the shortcut CRIMES (274687) and share the tip you have about a crime.