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Newspaper Warns Advertisers About Phony Buyers

March 21, 1994

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ People placing ″for sale″ ads in a weekly newspaper were warned about thieves masquerading as buyers.

A man posing as a computer buyer shot and wounded two men at a suburban Reseda home in an attempted robbery and was shot himself before escaping.

Saturday’s incident was the ninth since December in which a person stole computers and other property after answering advertisements in the weekly Recycler newspaper, Sgt. Roger Ferguson said Sunday.

The newspaper urged readers to meet potential buyers in public places and get their telephone number, among other precautions, said weekend supervisor Richard Cosme.

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