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Internet scam could cost thousands

Date: October 19, 2007

It started out as a hopeful sign, Brenda Ness said. After listing her business, the Pit Stop Restaurant in Tracy, on a couple of real estate Web sites, Ness received an e-mail expressing interest in buying the property.

But right from the beginning, something was wrong.

“He never gave his name,” said Ness of the sender, although he used e-mail addresses including the name “Foster Alan” or “Rev. Foster.” “He said he represented another guy, but each time he e-mailed us, he added more to the story.”

Ness says she believes she was the intended victim of an Internet scam, one that could have cost her thousands of dollars. Though she wasn’t fooled in the end, Ness said she wanted to share the story before someone else was.
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