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Financial transactions on-line has drawbacks.

COUNTRYSIDE: I had to smile when I read Ken Scharabok's article regarding Internet scams. Christmas is coming and I have had two of them tried on me in just the last week. I received an e-mail regarding compromised bank accounts and requesting my banking info. Silly them. I don't bank online--ever! "Delete" went that email.

I currently have four American Bashkir Curly horses for sale on Best (a free selling site) and have been contacted by Frank N. requesting to purchase the two mares. He intends to send me $4,500 more than the mares cost and requests that I wire the remainder of this money to a horse shipping company. Silly him. How can he trust me? He doesn't know me at all. I intend to deposit the check and if it clears, I will contact him as to where to send the remainder of the money. He even forgot to tell me where to wire the money! He must either be new at scamming or very naive. If the check does not clear (which I believe will be the case), I intend to talk with local police and try to get them to set up a sting on the other end, contacting the money recipient to come and get his money, then arrest him. I am actually looking forward to this--whichever way it turns out.

Meanwhile, it looks like I still have four Curly horses for sale. Sigh.--Nancy S., Washington
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Title Annotation:Country conversation & feedback
Author:S., Nancy
Publication:Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Jan 1, 2005
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