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CPD: Resident defrauded in Pomeranian puppy scam

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A Chesterton resident who thought she was buying a puppy online has reported being defrauded, Chesterton Police said.

According to police, on Thursday, Jan. 19, the resident advised that, after seeing an ad on the Internet for a Pomeranian puppy, she made inquiries and received in response an e-mail on Jan. 17 from a “Tohman Judia,” who agreed to sell her a puppy for $650.

“Judia” told the resident that, after receiving payment, he would ship the puppy by airplane to the Porter County Regional Airport. The resident, for her part, followed “Judia” instructions to wire a payment of $650 to a Walmart in Dayton, Ohio.

The wire payment was made at 5:26 p.m. Jan. 18 and collected at 8:06 p.m. the same day, the resident told police. The following day, at 9 a.m., “Judia” texted the resident a photo of the puppy but neglected to send her flight information and a tracking number and subsequent texts from the resident were ignored.

“She then began to research the website where she had ‘purchased’ the dog,” police said. “There were several negative reviews and several people stating it was a scam.”


Posted 1/24/2017





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