On May 19th, 2011 an Overland Park resident completed a police report regarding a potential check scam.
The resident had answered an online ad for employment acting as a “Secret Santa.” The scammer mailed the resident two business checks in their name. The resident was asked to cash these business checks at their bank and use a portion of the funds to purchase grocery items at a local store. The scammer requested the resident to “wire” the remaining funds via Western Union to an out of state location.
The resident was alerted to this scam when their bank denied the cashing of the checks and suggested a police report be completed. If the checks had been accepted and cashed, the resident most likely would have been responsible for the funds once it was determined the checks were fake.
Similar types of scams have been reported to the police and all have several common denominators. An unsolicited envelope in the mail, phone call, or email requesting you to receive money in the form of a check or money order and asking you to “wire” a portion of these funds by Western Union is most likely a scam.
If it seems too good to be true it probably is.