A Girl Scout hoax that cost $24K

A Girl Scout hoax that cost $24K

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Two Girl Scout troops were thrilled when a Hillsboro company ordered six thousand boxes of cookies.

But as it turns out, the order was a big prank – and one that cost $24,000.

Someone pretending to work at the company exchanged emails with a group parent, made the large order and promised to follow through with a purchase. It turned out the person had no intention of purchasing the cookies, and now the troops are on the hook to cover the massive order.

Now, the girls have to sell the 500 cases of cookies to raise the money they need for camp.

The girls are admittedly upset. Troop leader Jennifer Reed said the troops set aside cases of cookies to fill the massive order.

“It let the girls down tremendously,” Reed said.

Most of the girls do not have enough cookie credits to go to camp. Since cookie-selling season is officially over, the troops now have to make special arrangements to try and sell enough cookies to save their summer.

“We have all these younger girls in our other troop. They were all looking forward to going to camp,” said Madalynn, a 12-year-old troop member. “Now with this, we might not be able to go to camp. We really need to be able to sell the cookies.”

You can help them out. The troops will have a cookie-selling table at the Girl Scout offices at 9620 S.W. Barbur Blvd. between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.

You can also send an email to cookies@girlscoutsosw.org for more information on helping the troops.