Police investigate shipping mix-up

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The Steamboat Springs Police reported fraud could be involved in an incident in which a man received three to four computers and clothing from a Nigerian address.

Police Detective Bob DelValle said that last week a Steamboat Springs man contacted police after being shipped computers and clothing from the company REI. The goods had a shipping address from Nigeria.

A couple of days later, the man received a package saying there was a shipping error and asked that he repackage the goods and ship it to a new address, DelValle said.

The incident could be connected to credit card fraud, DelValle said, and is under investigation.

The police department did contact the FBI, DelValle said, to see if the incident was part of a nationwide scam.

It is not uncommon for people to receive e-mails or letters from someone posing as a Nigerian who needs help releasing money from a bank in their home country. The letters typically ask for initial funds to help free the money and then promise to share the money that is released from the banks.

"We have no idea if there is a connection, but it is certainly suspicious," DelValle said.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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