Order for Girl Scout cookies was a $24,000 hoax

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 $24,000 hoax.

A troop parent says a co-worker approached her to set up a large corporate order with a Hillsboro company. The parent says she then exchanged many e-mails with someone claiming to be from the company. But when it was time to collect the money, she says she found out it was fake, and the co-worker confessed to the hoax.

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 parent 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 for more information on helping the troops.