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Impudent Attempts at Swindling.

An impudent attempt at swindling has been discovered to have been practised on a Milton resident by a Melbourne "sharper" about the beginning of the week. The intended victim was Mr G. Coombe, of the Commercial Hotel, Milton, who returned to his home on Wednesday after enjoying a holiday m Melbourne. On Monday Mrs Coombe received a telegram, professedly from her husband, stating that he had missed the boat m Melbourne, and that he wanted £100 ( immediately as he had bought a racehorse. The money was to be sent through the I Bank of New Zealand to theCarlton Club I Hotel, Grattan street, Carlton. Mrs Coombe decided not to send the money to the hotel direct, but to the Bank of New Zealand branch, Melbourne, where the officials she presumed would know her husband. On Tuesday Mrs Coombe was surprised at receiving a telegram from the Bluff from her husband, informing her that he had arrived there m the Monowai. It was soon ascertained by wire that he had not sent for the £100, and a cablegram was as soon as possible despatched to Melbourne cancelling payment of the money. The "Bruce Herald,-' to whom we are indebted for the names m the transaction, states that even although the cablegram did. not arrive m time, it is not likely the perpetrator of the swindle would be able to cash the cablegram, as Mr Coombe is well known at the Bank ; and it would be impossible to get such a document cashed without either the presence or the signature of the party to whom the money was payable. It will be remembered that an attempt was made recently m Melbourne to fleece the parents and friends of a team of football players on a visit to Sydney. . Another case of attempted swindling is reported nearer home by the "Bruce Herald." The postmaster at Milton (Mr Teesdale) received a letter, which had been posted m the train, containing a written telegram with cash enclosed for its transmission to an auctioneer at Gore. The request of the message was that the auctioneer should purchase a certain horse and to go the extent of £60 if necessary. The telegram was signed ''W, H. Taggart, Dunedin." The telegram was forwarded, with the result that the horse was purchased for £50 or so. In due course Mr Taggart was acquainted with the transaction, but he repudiated any knowledge of the affair. The police are now making enquiries.

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Impudent Attempts at Swindling., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2476, 28 July 1890

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Impudent Attempts at Swindling. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2476, 28 July 1890