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Be Cautious of Bogus Ads...
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 • Posted July 29, 2009

The Mason County News has become aware of an advertising scam involving a classified ad that appeared in our paper; but, has also appeared in numerous other papers around the state and nation.

The FAKE ad follows:

2002 JOHN DEERE 5205 Diesel, price $4300, Mower, Loader, 4WD, pictures and details at, 972-947-3852.

The advertiser places in multiple newspapers, pays by credit card and seems legitimate enough at the outset; but, there is NO tractor for sale. We have seen the same type of scam occur with ads for puppies for sale; but, this is a new angle on that scam.

If you have been taken in by the scam, contact your local law enforcement authorities and pursue it legally.

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