Email scam hit local person

MLPD 3-23-10Victimized through email.  That’s what Mammoth Police say has happened to at least one local person. Police warn against opening or responding  to spam-like emails.  Here’s the story of one victim.

Police said the victim received an email under the name [email protected] soliciting secretarial work for $800 a month to run errands in Mammoth Lakes to mail and purchase items.  The victim responded and received notice that a check was on the way to start work.

A check for $2,000 arrived later from a Linda P. Haraway in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  A note inside asked the victim to send another email to say they were awaiting further instructions and had received payment.  Then, later the victim received a phone call from an unknown man with a heavy foreign accent asking the victim to deposit the check and then withdraw several payments via Western Union and MoneyGram, make the transaction online and wire money to a person in Nigeria.

The victim deposited the check into his or her account in a Mammoth Lakes bank and then made two withdrawls and wired them to Nigeria.  As if that weren’t confusing enough, another request came to the victim to send more money to someone in Big Bear City, California.  Then came the bad news.  The Mammoth bank informed the victim that the original check was fraudulent.  So, the victim’s own money was stolen.

Again, a warning from Mammoth Police to be very cautious about responding to these kinds of situations.

 

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ferdinand lopez
ferdinand lopez
10 years ago

i remember letting a friend of mine know(who was on his way to the bank)that his publishers clearinghouse check wasnt real

Water Cooler Joe
Water Cooler Joe
10 years ago

Most banks are warning their customers about this especially when one receives a suspicious check.

dean
dean
10 years ago

Word to the wise: Any time someone offers to send you a check and then asks you to wire money to a third party they are scamming you. This scam has many faces. Sometimes they want to “buy your car” but “sent too much money” and ask you to send… Read more »

Sierra Lady
Sierra Lady
10 years ago

I don’t mean to sound unsympathetic and I’m sorry for the victim’s loss, but I just don’t understand why that person or anyone would even respond to spam email like that? Just the email name itself would have been a red flag for me! As in any spam email like… Read more »

Darren
Darren
10 years ago

Where has this person been
This scam is over ten years old…

Steve
Steve
10 years ago

Those Nigerians are getting desperate for money. After all, they still owe me 14 million dollars for my bank info. I can smell those greenbacks already!