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June 18, 2014

Business receives fraudulent order

PENDLETON —

A Campbell Boulevard business received a fraudulent order for $38,000 worth of metal cutting and welding equipment earlier this month, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office said.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the owner of the business said she received an email on June 3 from an individual looking to purchase equipment. The man identified himself as the Director of Purchasing at Ferris University in Michigan. The man chose $38,000 worth of material, and sent a purchase order for the items. 

The owner made numerous checks of the institutions backing the order, and they all checked out except for one. The owner then attempted to contact the director of purchasing, and discovered that the director of purchasing at the university had not placed the order. 

The Ferris University Police, the Michigan State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were all looking into the case. The owner was instructed to file a report with the Sheriff's Office, where the case will be available for further review and possible investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. 

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