Girl Scouts work to overcome cookie prank

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Generous people gathered in Portland this weekend to help some Girl Scout troops recover from a costly prank.

The scouts were fooled by an order of 6,000 boxes that turned out to be fraudulent. But they didn't find out until after the cookies were ordered.

On Saturday, they sold 3,000 boxes and learned some tough business lessons and some good things about the kindness of their community.

The fraudulent order had been placed via email, from an address belonging to an acquaintance of a troop leader. The emailer turned out to be a girl who used her mother's email address to pull the prank.

Portland Girl Scouts will try to sell the remaining 3,000 or so boxes of cookies Saturday, March 23, at the Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington council headquarters, 9620 S.W. Barbur Blvd., in Portland. They're also selling by email at cookies@girlscoutsosw.org.