Remember, If Something Sounds Too Good To Be True,
It Probably Is.
Here is a link to Craigslist Scams page that contains of samples of messages you may receive.
We have received several reports lately of Mystery Shopper Scams. The way it works, is you receive an envelope containing what appears to be a legitimate form from a Marketing Company. On some of these we have noticed mis-spelled words, ie: Totalex Merketing Inc. Be leery of any documentation that contains mis-spelled words. Most legitimate companies pride them selves in being professional and verify their documentation for correctness. These packets will usually also include a check made payable to you. Think carefully about this. Did you apply with this company to do this kind of work? How do you suppose they got your name and address? They will advise you that the check is to cover your pay, funds for shopping, and then they will ask you to send the rest to another address by Western Union, or a Money Gram. If they want you to send money back to them, there is a problem. If it is a legitimate company, you will be paid for your services, and not be asked to send any money back to them. If you cash this check/money order, YOU will be responsible for the funds if, or when the check/money order is returned to be counterfeit, or forged. You could be facing criminal charges if this happens. Here is a sample of a document that was turned into us. The check was never cashed so this person was wise to bring to us for review. Click here for a copy of the documents. If you are concerned about something you receive, take it to your local law enforcement agency and let them examine it.
Police are investigating a suspected case of fraud and flimflam after a 55-year-old Murfreesboro man reported Monday that he was scammed out of $7,000 by two men he met at the Home Depot on Old Fort Parkway.
The victim told police he was approached by another man who said he needed help to get to a pharmacy and that he “had $400,000 on him.”
According to an incident
report, the victim said he then took the man, whose name is unknown at
this time, to a local bank so he could deposit his money. The suspect then
told the victim “he did not trust the bank.”
Story by Daily News
Journal, Murfreesboro, TN.
It has been brought to our attention that one of the most current Nigerian Scam is puppy sales. They are apparently placing classified ads in newspapers and websites. These adds have been know for Yorkie and English Bull Dog puppies. The Shelbyville Police Department has been made aware of one case where a local resident's credit card was used to place some ads, and another local person had contacted these people in reference to purchasing a puppy. Fortunately, this person became suspicious and cancelled the transaction before any money was sent. They have been known to use dead end phones where you may get a message that the number you called is out of service, or no longer in service. Shortly, thereafter, you may get a call from that same number. They will usually request that you send money by Western Union. If you refuse, they have been known to threaten to hurt the puppy. This is a red flag. Once you send the money by Western Union, there is no way to get your money back. Please be aware of these type scams and be sure that you would like to get a pet, check with local animal shelters, the Bedford County Humane Society . If they do not have anything that you are looking for, they will be happy to send you in the right direction. If you feel that you are the victim of one of these scams. please contact you local law enforcement agency.
Money Order Scams:
We have had a number of reports of people receiving money orders in the mail, where you are requested to cash the money orders and then send them to another location by Western Union. They will usually inform you to keep a portion of the money for your inconvenience. These money orders are usually forged or altered. We have seen several US Postal Money Orders in the area. Once you cash these money orders, YOU, are the person responsible for paying back the banking institution if/or when these money orders are returned. If you receive any of these and would like to talk with us, just come by the office and we will discuss them with you.
Counterfeit Cashier Checks:
We have seen a few Counterfeit Cashier Checks passed in our area. For sometime, it has always been a pretty good bet that if someone gave you a cashier check from a bank, it was good as cash. Not anymore. With the advances in technology and criminals learning how to use this technology, we are seeing more and more counterfeit cashier checks. We recommend that if it is a local bank, take it to the bank and get it verified. If you should cash it, you will be responsible for the money withdrawn from the institution and you could face criminal charges. If you get one of these checks in them in the mail, and instructed to send part of the money to another location by Western Union, don't do it. This is similar to the Money Order Scams. Again, if you are involved in one of these cases, please speak to someone with your local law enforcement agency.