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 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.



6 Responses to Email scam hit local person

  1. Steve November 27, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    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!

  2. Darren November 27, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

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

  3. Sierra Lady November 27, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    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 that…if it’s too good to be true, it is.

    Delete, delete, delete or put in your spam folder and delete.

  4. dean November 27, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    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 back the extra money via wire transfer.

    If anyone reading this is still foolish enough to fall for this scam please – for the love of god – wait a few weeks after depositing the check to make sure it isn’t fraudulent.

    As the victim in this story just learned – when you deposit fraudulent checks the bank will take their (your) money back to cover it.

  5. Water Cooler Joe November 27, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

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

  6. ferdinand lopez November 28, 2012 at 10:38 am #

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


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