Bank Officials & Police Warn About Scam

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

Some fear the more people struggle to make ends meet the more likely they are to fall for various scams.

Officials at one bank want to warn you about a scam they say at least two of their customers fell for.

Amscot Shoppers World is sending out letters that congratulate you on being selected as one of their new mystery shoppers.

They actually send you a check for more than $3,000 to get started.

“If it is too good to be true... then it is,” Janet Sandlin, Whitaker Bank, said.

The check looks legitimate and the amount of $3,300 is hard to ignore, but Whitaker Bank officials say the check is bogus.

“It is a real bank listed on the check and it is a real routing number, but it is a fraudulent check,” Sandlin said.

Bank officials say two of their customers deposited the check with clear instructions on what to do next.

“They wanted them to deposit the check send them back a cashier's check for over half of it then keep some of it and go to different businesses and spend the money,” Sandlin said.

After investigating further, Whitaker Bank Branch Manager Janet Sandlin says she found her customers received the check with a letter sent by Amscot Shoppers World.

The letter only listed a phone number from a regional office in Canada, so we called.

Mr. Tony Wilson, Listed as a contact in the letter, but he hung up on us after asking him about what his company does.

Police say before you decide to send money anywhere... you should check things out.

In this case, Janet Sandlin says the customers who thought they were getting a good deal will now have to cover the cost of the check.

“They are liable for it and you have already sent them the cashier's check which is good so they've got their money,” Sandlin said.

Sandlin says your bank should be able to verify a checks authenticity...

Janet Sandlin says whenever someone is asking you to send large sums of money from anywhere be sure to double-check with your bank or local authorities.

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