If you like Girl Scout cookies, the police have a new warning – Best Life

Whether you’re a Girl Scout yourself or just a supporter, chances are you’ve indulged in one of their famous cookie varieties. When Girl Scout Cookie season rolls around, many of us are eager to place our orders for Thin Mints and Samoas (or Caramel deLites), in winter and early spring, and we look forward to their arrival. But the police have issued a new warning to Girl Scout Cookie lovers, and you’ll want to keep that in mind if you ordered a stash this year. Read on to find out what authorities are asking you to report.

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Girl Scout Cookies were introduced over 100 years ago, by Vox, but on a much smaller scale than what we see today. In 1917, a troupe from Muskogee, Oklahoma started selling homemade cookies to fund different activities. And over the next few years, Girl Scouts, often with the help of family members, began to bake simple sugar cookies to sell. In 1934 the first commercially baked biscuits were introduced, but 1939 was the real red year as Thin Mints, then known as Cooky-Mints, first appeared. Today, the cookie program has become “the single largest annual financial investment in girls in the United States,” according to the Girl Scouts.

The names (and taste!) of cookies vary depending on where you live, but whether you recognize tagalongs or peanut butter cookies, they hold the same sentimental place in our hearts. Recently, however, cookie sales have taken a turn for the worse in New York, and some greedy shoppers have ended up falling for a clever new scam.

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A real-life cookie monster has taken over Suffolk County, Long Island, CBS New York reported. Long Island police have warned residents of incidents where a young girl and an adult man took orders and money for Girl Scout cookies, but never delivered them. Police have received 11 scam reports so far, according to CBS, and are investigating possible connections.

Scams occurred in mid-April in Lake Ronkonkoma, Bohemia, Patchogue, Shirley and Mastic, ABC7 New York reported. And since the cookies should have already been received and the Girl Scouts do not take payment in advance, the red flags were raised.

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Kevin Zasowski, one of the duo’s Patchogue victims, told ABC7 that a five- to six-year-old girl approached his door and asked if he wanted to buy Girl Scout Cookies. Zasowski agreed, handing over $20 for four boxes. The man, suggested by news outlets to be the girl’s father, remained on the streets, he said.

“She was so cute,” Zasowski told CBS. “You couldn’t resist him.”

Another resident who was scammed into “buying” cookies, Nick Zavesky, noted her shock at the new regime, also expressing concern for the little girl’s well-being. “I love helping every organization. I order them every year. Who would have thought a scam like this would happen?” Zavesky told CBS. “It’s not about the money. It’s about the principles you teach your child.”

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The Suffolk County Council of Girl Scouts released a statement regarding the scam, urging those who were targeted to come forward.

“The Suffolk County Girl Scout Council was saddened to learn that someone would use the inherent goodwill of Girl Scouts to take money from their neighbors under false pretences,” the statement read, according to CBS. “We are working with law enforcement and encourage anyone who believes they have been the victim of this scam to contact Suffolk County Police to file a report.”

But all hope is not lost, as the Girl Scouts plan to honor any fraudulent orders, ensuring that local residents can get their fix of cookies. “Our sales department will provide cookies to anyone who placed a fake order, because nothing is more disappointing than not receiving your girl scout cookies!” the organization said.

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