Crime Prevention Update

March 1, 2018

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Kim Kiley
Crime Prevention Specialist
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Work From Home Scam


A resident reported the following:
 
XXX REPORTED THAT SHE APPLIED FOR A WORK-FROM-HOME JOB ONLINE AND RECEIVED A CHECK
FROM THE COMPANY, PCS SYSTEM TECHNIK, TO PURCHASE A LAPTOP, SOFTWARE AND OTHER WORK RELATED PERIPHERALS. XXX WAS SUSPICIOUS AS THE COMPANY CONTACT "MARGARET DONOVAN"
WOULD ONLY CONTACT HER THROUGH FACEBOOK MESSENGER AND WOULD NOT PROVIDE A BUSINESS
ADDRESS OR OTHER CONTACT METHOD. SHE RECEIVED A FRAUDULENT CHECK FOR $4,000 ON 02/20 ALONG WITH A PRINTED OUT IMAGE OF A LETTER, AND RECEIVED ANOTHER CHECK ON 02/23 FOR $3468.25 FROM A DIFFERENT COMPANY. XXX HAD HER BANK VERIFY THE FIRST CHECK AND LEARNED THAT THE ACCOUNT DID NOT EXIST. SHE AGAIN HAD HER BANK CHECK THE SECOND CHECK, AND LEARNED THAT IT WAS A VALID ACCOUNT NUMBER BUT WAS SUSPICIOUS THAT THE DRAWER OF THE CHECK WAS NOT THE ACCOUNT HOLDER. CHECKS, LETTER AND ENVELOPE PLACED INTO EVIDENCE.
 
There were many mistakes on the two checks she received, both in the return address and on the banks that the checks were drawn on.  The resident erred on the side of caution and verified both checks with her financial  institution.  One check was fake, the other one was an actual account which had a different name on it. 
 
While no loss was reported, this serves as a cautionary reminder about the many different types of scams out there.
 
Enjoy the nice weather. 
 
Put the cell phone down and pay attention to your driving, it can wait.


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