Indiana residents targeted in international scam

By: NewsCenter 16 staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 staff Email

BOURBON, Ind. Two local residents have found themselves in the middle of an international stolen goods scam.

Two people from Bourbon, Indiana started chatting and developed a close relationship online with Russian nationals. 1050AM, The Chief reports that the Russians eventually said they would like to visit the Hoosiers in the United States, but they said they needed to raise money first.

The Russians said they planned to do it by selling various items, but they claimed the retailer wouldn't deliver to Russia. Instead, they had the merchandise delivered to the Bourbon residents’ homes and asked them to forward the packages overseas.

The residents suspected something was amiss, and an investigation revealed the merchandise had been purchased with stolen credit cards. The residents say they have been asked to send dozens of boxes to the scam artists overseas, adding up to thousands of dollars’ worth of stolen goods.

Bourbon's police chief is working with the FBI to see if this crime is more widespread. In the meantime, it's unclear if the Bourbon residents could be held accountable for receiving stolen goods, since they did so unknowingly.

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