Too Good to be True

1 decade 10 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, October 30 2007 Oct 30, 2007 Tuesday, October 30, 2007 1:56:47 AM CDT October 30, 2007 in News

A Moberly woman is the most recent victim in an international scam. This is the latest scam that's affecting people here in mid-Missouri.

In the scam, the victim receives a package that contains a number of money orders worth $850. The victim then receives an e-mail saying to deposit the money orders to the bank.

Here's the catch: The checks are bad. The victim deposits the bad checks, and then as requested by the scammer, sends a portion of that money back.

The result: The victim is scammed out of a lot of money, and authorities hope it's a lesson for you.

When you feel like you've been a victim of a crime, you usually head to the authorities. That's exactly what Angie Gary did when she realized she was a victim to an elaborate scam.

She says she knew it was a scam when she tried to look up the name on the money orders and came up with nothing. Authorities say the scam consists of fake money orders and requests for a portion of that money back returned once its deposited. But the problem comes when the victim deposits an invalid check.

"You are responsible for anything that is sent out of that. The citizen can face, if not criminal or civil charges themselves," explained Randolph County Deputy Nevin Turner.

Susy Rivera co-owns the the Wagon Wheel. Monday she received packages, but says she's not too worried about being scammed.

"Well, if it is happening here, we will be concerned about it because since we have the business we have to be more careful," explained Rivera.

The evidence suggests that the scam originated from London, thousands of miles from mid-Missouri.

"I think I've said the reason that they try to target us is that they have a misconception about this area that maybe we're more susceptible to falling for their scam of the day," said Turner.

Authorities say, as with most scams, there are ways to avoid becoming a victim.

Contact your local authorities immediately if you suspect anything.

The best piece of advice they say: If it's too good to be true, it probably is.

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