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Consumer Alert: Scammers target people in nightclub

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Conmen have found a new place to recruit victims.

"They would approach a young woman at a nightclub, flash a lot of cash, buy them a drink or two and they would say 'Hey, we're launching an entrepreneurial business,'" says U.S. Postal Inspector Keith Moore.

While still in the club, the conmen offer to help the women set up their own company.

Briana Scroggiens fell victim to the scheme.

"To start my business, he told me to go downtown to get a certificate for the business and then take it to him," she says.

She filled out the forms to start a business then opened a bank account with checks supplied by the conmen.

"I deposited two checks for, I think, about $5-thousand dollars and I withdrew the money and gave it to the guy," says Scoggiens.

"They would basically have them deposit fraudulent checks," says Moore. "The checks would then be deemed fraudulent and the women would be on the hook for the money."

Scroggiens ended up owing the bank $10,000.

"The victims were basically at a loss," Moore says. "Their credit was hurt; they were in debt to the financial institution for the money they lost."

"What I learned from this is to be more careful about my choices," Scoggiens says.

Postal inspectors emphasize that you should never do business with someone you don't know. Scoggiens was one of 25 victims in this case, with more than $3,000 in losses.


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