Police Investigate Check Scam
Police said the scams started from contacts the woman had with various work-at-home online job inquiries.
Chances are you've gotten some sort of e-mail about making big bucks without leaving your home.
She was sent $3,000 and was supposed to deposit it.
"Anytime someone responds to one of those, their e-mail address is going out there, and these spammers are getting it," Sargeant Kevin Palmatory with the Moberly Police said. "When they get it, they in turn then sell your e-mail address to these scammers and then they start flooding you, and it becomes a vicious cycle."
The Moberly Police Department gave these tips on how to avoid being scammed:
Do your homework.
Take some time to research companies you might work for.
Guard your e-mail.
Be extra careful with what kinds of things you sign up for on the internet.
These scammers buy and sell e-mail addresses of people they think are vulnerable.
Police said no legitimate business will send you money for doing nothing.
If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.