The two troops thought they had just received a large corporate order, worth $24,000 in sales which is equivalent to 6,000 cookie boxes.
When the Girl Scouts received the order from a woman that appeared to work for a local company they got excited ; because they had made a commitment to help a homeless shelter and their summer camp.
The Girl Scout troops placed the order for 500 cases of Girl Scout cookie boxes. The troops did not realize there was an issue until they called the company for payment.
A scout mother Jennifer Reed told Good Morning America “I contacted the company, and they said we have no idea what’s going on”.
The Girl Scout troops had gotten scammed, and had to figure out a way to sell the massive order they received.
The troops did not let the hoax discourage them; The young girls put a plan into motion to hold an emergency sale at the Portland Girl Scouts headquarters on Saturday.
The community was extremely supportive of the girls, and hundreds of people showed up to buy Girl Scout cookies.
By the end of the day, the Girl Scout troop were able to recover $12,000 which is half the money in sales from the fake order.
The troops determined to sell every single box, already have a plan on holding another sale on March 23.
Through every negative, there is a positive and the Girl Scouts have had to learn some hard lessons about dealing with people of late.
The director of communication for Girl Scout of Oregon and Washington said, “For every one person that has bad intentions, there are hundreds more with good intentions and good hearts that are here to help you.”
Two weeks ago Girl Scouts troops in Tucson, Ariz. had their cash boxes stolen on two separate occasions with cookie sales worth $625. Also around that same time frame a South Carolina man stole $19,000 worth of Girl Scout cookies.