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Hundreds open their wallets after Girl Scouts scammed for $24,000

- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 17, 2013

Oregon residents took out their own wallets Saturday in order to help two local Girl Scout troops that were scammed out of a $24,000 order.

An order of more than 6,000 boxes of cookies placed by a company in Hillsboro turned out to be a hoax, Fox News reports. The unfulfilled order ruined the troops' chances of attending summer camp.

But word of the girls' troubles got around, and hundreds of people began to show up at the Girl Scout offices in Portland to buy cookies. As of Saturday night, 3,000 boxes from the fake sale had been sold, KATU reports.

"I expected a few people to come down," Girl Scout spokeswoman Sarah Miller told KATU. "Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine this many."

Ms. Miller said the person who placed the fake order apologized to the Girl Scouts and will not face charges.

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