A Delaware County Sheriff's deputy last month helped a Concord Township man avoid getting snared in a common online scam.
The man contacted the sheriff's office about 3:30 p.m. Feb. 25 regarding possible fraud, according to sheriff's reports. The man had attempted to sell sports equipment online for $1,000 and had received a $3,000 check from someone claiming to be interested in buying it, reports said.
The seller told the deputy he received multiple text messages from the prospective buyer from multiple numbers with area codes in California and Florida, according to sheriff's reports.
The deputy explained that phony buyers often attempt to scam sellers by overpaying for items with a fraudulent check, then asking for the seller to send some of the money back, according to sheriff's reports.
The deputy advised the resident to ignore future communications from the prospective buyer, reports said.
In other recent county sheriff's reports:
* A woman reported theft from a vehicle took place between noon and 1 p.m. Feb. 26 in the 3400 block of Lewis Center Road in Orange Township. An unknown suspect took a purse valued at $50 from the car, according to sheriff's reports.
* A woman reported a theft from a vehicle occurred between 3:45 and 4:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the 3800 block of Lewis Center Road in Orange Township. Someone stole a purse valued at $200 and $300 cash from the car, according to sheriff's reports.
* A man reported someone vandalized his mailbox between 10 p.m. Feb. 25 and 8 a.m. Feb. 26 in the 2000 block of Carriage Road in Liberty Township.
* A man reported vandalism occurred between 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 and 9:30 a.m. Feb. 26 in the first block of Sanderling Avenue. An unknown suspect caused $100 worth of damage to a mailbox, according to Powell police reports.
* A woman on Feb. 26 reported a theft from a vehicle occurred between 5 and 5:30 p.m. Feb. 17 in the 3500 block of Home Road. Someone stole a purse and a wallet, together valued at $50, from the car, reports said.
Police have identified two suspects in the theft but have not charged anyone in the incident, reports said.