CARTERSVILLE, Ga -- Cartersville Police are warning businesses about an elaborate scam that may be part of an organized ring. They are also trying to identify two suspects who pulled off the scam at a local business.
Lt. Mark Camp said police are investigating three separate cases that seem to be connected. "It's not necessarily the same people, but it's the same mode of operation," he said.
One of the cases happened at Extreme Propulsion, a recreational dealership on Joe Fran Harris Parkway in Cartersville. Two people who identified themselves as Natasha Stanley and Marc Sims tried to purchase a utility vehicle worth over $15,000.
Stanley gave store owner Sharon Sinnott a driver's license and credit card to pay for the vehicle. Sinnott told Stanley she couldn't run the charge as credit because the fees would be too high. When she ran it as a debit card, it didn't go through.
But Sinnott said that's not too unusual because of the high dollar amount. Stanley called her bank on her cell phone and put Sinnott on the line. "We did what's called a forced sale," Sinnott said. "The person on the phone provided me with an authorization number and the sale went through."
Sinnott received a printed out receipt but would later learn no money was ever transferred. Natasha Stanley and Marc Sims, or whatever their names are, were gone with Sinnott utility vehicle. "It's important to me to get their face out there," said Sinnott, who is offering a $1,000 reward.
She also wants to warn other businesses to be aware of the scam. "We put our heart and soul into this business, this is ours," she said. "We work night and day and for someone to come in and feel that they're entitled, I don't want anyone else to go through it."
Anyone who recognizes the suspects from surveillance photos is asked to call Cartersville Police at 770-382-2526.
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