Buyers and Sellers Should Use Good Sense When Using the Internet

A suspected fraud artist became snared in a trap set by three of her former victims who then contacted the Anchorage Police. Police are now looking for more victims while joining the Better Business Bureau in warning against internet fraud.

When an Anchorage man discovered the Daughtery Concert tickets he purchased on Craigs List were counterfeit, he returned to the website in search of fellow victims. He found two who had also used the same phone number to buy the phoney tickets. Together they combed through Craigs List until they found snowboard bindings for sale with the identical number. They arranged to buy them and when the suspect appeared in a parking lot driving the same car, they notified police.

Twenty-one year old Shanda Barlow of Anchorage is charged with three counts of Forgery 3rd degree and 3 counts of Theft by Deception. Barlow also had an outstanding warrant for 10-thousand dollars. Her bail was set at 15 thousand dollars with a required third party custodian for release.

Lt. Dave Parker, Anchorage police spokesman, says investigators are looking for more victims.

Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage

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