View Mobile Site

Beware latest check scam, warns sheriff

Posted: November 8, 2011 5:11 p.m.
Updated: November 9, 2011 5:00 a.m.

A new check-cashing scam that relies on using big-name businesses is one of the best frauds that Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews says he’s seen.

In the scam, citizens receive a legitimate check in the mail made out to them. The check is accompanied by a letter explaining the recipient is a winner of a $175,000 sweepstakes. Legitimacy is added, Matthews said, by incorporating the names of Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Office Depot, Staples, Walgreens, Best Buy, Sears, Staples and other companies into the letter.

Those receiving a check can actually cash it, the sheriff said, but a stop payment is placed on the check so the person who cashed it has to pay back the bank. The recipient is also advised in the sweepstakes letter that he must send $1,990 to the sweepstakes company via Western Union to pay taxes; however, there is no way of recovering the $1,990 once the scam is in play.

“I can see how some people are easily fooled by this scam,” said Matthews. “If anyone receives a letter and a check from an unknown person or company and somewhere in that letter you are instructed to send money, don’t do it.”

The letter involved in the scam carries a heading of “Sun Trust, Inc.” The check is from a Manncorp Inc. account on a TD Bank. There is a very legitimate appearance to the check and letter, Matthews said which is why it is such a dangerous scam.

“People need to beware and adhere to the saying that ‘If something sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t true,’” Matthews warned.

There is little to no recourse for victims of such scams, Matthews said, even through law enforcement. He advised anyone who receives such a letter and check to mail it to a local law enforcement agency.

Interested in viewing premium content?

A subscription is required before viewing this article and other premium content.

Already a registered member and have a subscription?

If you have already purchased a subscription, please log in to view the full article.

Are you registered, but do not have a subscription?

If you are a registed user and would like to purchase a subscription, log in to view a list of available subscriptions.

Interested in becoming a registered member and purchasing a subscription?

Join our community today by registering for a FREE account. Once you have registered for a FREE account, click SUBSCRIBE NOW to purchase access to premium content.

Membership Benefits

  • Instant access to creating Blogs, Photo Albums, and Event listings.
  • Email alerts with the latest news.
  • Access to commenting on articles.

Contents of this site are © Copyright 2014 Chronicle Independent All rights reserved. Privacy policy and Terms of service

Powered by
Morris Technology
Please wait ...