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Consumer Alert: Local Check Scam

By: Dave Benton
By: Dave Benton

Police say a check scam is in our region and is turning victims into criminals. What you need to know to protect yourself!
They might look real and the amount of money could be enticing, but Louisa Police Chief Kevin Adkins wants to warn people about a growing check scam. “It's a scam, they contact you... And want you to commit fraud or forgery by uttering.”

Chief Adkins says people are sent checks to cash. As long they send back a percentage of the money disguised as a tax. Chief Adkins: “If you get international checks or money orders from internet they are... If you cash them, you'll be charged as if you printed them yourself.”

Adkins says many people are finding out their fake checks. But they still try to cash them at another location.

Police have a suspect, they say she's cashed bogus checks in Eastern Kentucky and uses different names.

Recently in South Charleston, police say a lottery scheme duped people out of money. Here's how it worked.../before/ they receive a check, they're asked to pay the taxes upfront... But they never get the money.

Chief Adkins: “Anything you have to do like cash a check and send proceeds, that should right then tell you something's wrong.”

Police say another popular check scam is from the "British Random Lotto."
Chief Adkins, the postal service and the f-b-i are trying to catch people who are sending the checks through the mail or internet.


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