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Woman victimized by internet scam

Thursday, January 10, 2008

The man authorities say is responsible for an internet scam that victimized a Melbourne woman is behind bars.

Selcuk Altintas, 38, was arrested recently in New York City following an Izard County investigation in coordination with the New York City Police Department.

Tiffany Felton of Melbourne, reported to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence that in August of 2007 she purchased a vehicle on a Web site she thought was eBay and transferred $7,300 to an account in New York City.

Felton said she was told by the seller that the vehicle was being shipped to Wideman, Ark., but that she never received the vehicle.

During the investigation Izard County authorities tracked several aliases and fraudulent e-mail accounts before determining that Altintas was the probable scam operator.

Sheriff Lawrence said he plans to fly to New York City and extradite Altintas back to Izard County.

Altintas is charged with theft of property, a class C felony and with computer fraud, a class D felony. Bond for Altintas is set at $50,000.

"Computer fraud and identity theft are becoming more common and I encourage everyone to use extreme caution when conducting business by way of the internet," Sheriff Lawrence said.

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