Shop Owner Scammed

Thieves rip-off 1,500 white t-shirts from a Bellevue shop owner. The crooks didn't break-in to the store, they used the Internet.

The on-line order looked legitimate with the buyer using valid credit card numbers and United States addresses for shipping. Shop owner Alta Coate said, 'Somebody from another country is scamming us for something as simple as white t-shirts."

The credit card numbers turned out to be stolen and Alta is out the cost of the t-shirts she shipped to three addresses. She said, "I'm out over $3,000 and that's a hit I can't afford."

She is no longer taking Internet orders, even from military units she served overseas.

Federal authorities said the scammers will purchase clothing and electronics on-line with stolen credit cards and have them shipped to other unsuspecting victims in the United States so shop owners are so suspicious. The U.S. residents then ship the items to other countries, usually as victims of another scam called "reshipping."

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