Oregon Statutes - Chapter 165 - Offenses Involving Fraud or Deception - Section 165.485 - Wrongful alteration of telegraphic message.

(1) No officer, agent, operator, clerk or employee of any telegraph company, or any other person, shall willfully alter any such message by adding thereto or omitting therefrom any words or figures, so as to materially change the sense, purport or meaning of such message, to the injury of the person sending or desiring to send the message, or to whom it was directed.

(2) When numerals or words of number occur in any message, the operator or clerk sending or receiving may express the same in words or figures, or in both words and figures, and such fact shall not be deemed an alteration of the message, nor in any manner affect its genuineness, force or validity.

(3) Any person violating this section, in addition to the penalty prescribed in ORS 165.990 (1) to (3) is liable in a civil suit for all damages occasioned thereby. [Formerly 757.616]

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