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Scams reported by state police

Several area residents have become victims of Internet and telephone scams amounting to the loss of several thousands of dollars, state police said.

In an incident reported by police Monday, a 66-year-old Montoursville man had $8,700 stolen through fraudulent advertisements, police said.

The culprit obtained the man’s banking information to access his accounts and remove funds. Trooper Peter Dunchick is the investigating officer for anyone coming across a similar scam.

In another incident, a 58-year-old Muncy area man was deceived while on the telephone, police said.

The thief told the man he won a new car and a large sum of money. The thief then asked for payment for the taxes on the car and the money before they could be released. The man complied and sent the payment using a money transfer but did not receive the car or money, police said.

A third incident involved a 35-year-old Montoursville woman who was contacted by an individual through Craigslist regarding a vacation rental, police said. The victim sent a deposit of $700 to reserve the house for a week.

The advertisement was a scam and the woman was unable to get her money returned.

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