Counterfeit checks are circulating - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Counterfeit checks are circulating

March 15, 2007

Albany --  More than 30 people have tried to cash the counterfeit checks at just one Albany business.
Businesses and Sheriff's Investigators warn you that it's a scam, and it could cost you big if you fall for it.

The checks look real. Most say they are good for $2,900, the front payment for $250,00 won in a foreign lottery.

But here's a good question from the Manager of the Albany Check Casher Melody Owens, "How can you win a lottery that you never entered?"

Owens says she can't understand how people are still falling for this old con, but dozens of South Georgians are. In the last two weeks, more than 30 people have tried to cash the counterfeit checks at the Albany Check Casher. She knows other businesses are probably seeing them too.  "It's hundreds, could be as many as 1,500. In one week that were mailed out."

Most of the counterfeit checks are from the Pioneer Federal Credit Union in Mountain Home, Idaho, a real bank.

Dougherty County Sheriff's Investigator Lt. Craig Dodd said, "They are all legitimate banks, but the checks being sent out on this scam are counterfeit checks."

A letter with the check says you have won big money. You just deposit the check, then wire $900 to a Canadian address for a processing fee. If you do, in a couple of weeks you find the check is fake, and Albany Check Cashers will have to charge you with a felony, demanding their money back.

Owens says if you deposit the check in your bank, that gives the scam artists your financial information, and they'll empty your account.

Owens is confiscating the checks that show up at their business, and turning them over to Sheriff's Investigators. She keeps copies to show customers who bring them in, but many people still argue the checks are real.

Dodd says they see variations of this scam everyday, but there is not much they can do since the scam is coming out of Canada. "It's something that the Federal Authorities are going to have to do something about. Because these people are preying on our senior citizens."

Owens says often customers coming in with the counterfeit checks argue that they are real. Lt. Dodd says it appears the scam is getting names and addresses from lists from A.A.R.P. and the Triple-A Auto Club to use to target victims.

Feedback: news@walb.com?subject=FakeChecks/JW

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • American Red Cross preparedness tips ahead of flash flooding

    American Red Cross preparedness tips ahead of flash flooding

    Sunday, May 27 2018 12:12 AM EDT2018-05-27 04:12:40 GMT
    The American Red Cross said they are prepare before the storms hit. (Source: WALB)The American Red Cross said they are prepare before the storms hit. (Source: WALB)
    The American Red Cross said they are prepare before the storms hit. (Source: WALB)The American Red Cross said they are prepare before the storms hit. (Source: WALB)

    Here in Southwest Georgia the American Red Cross has been working the last couple of days to prepare for the storm.  The American Red Cross has been getting their relief supplies ready across the 19 county region.  

    More >>

    Here in Southwest Georgia the American Red Cross has been working the last couple of days to prepare for the storm.  The American Red Cross has been getting their relief supplies ready across the 19 county region.  

    More >>
  • Albany fraternity chapter holds blood drive for Memorial Day

    Albany fraternity chapter holds blood drive for Memorial Day

    Sunday, May 27 2018 12:04 AM EDT2018-05-27 04:04:00 GMT
    Psi Delta Tau held their first blood drive in Albany Saturday. (Source: WALB)Psi Delta Tau held their first blood drive in Albany Saturday. (Source: WALB)
    Psi Delta Tau held their first blood drive in Albany Saturday. (Source: WALB)Psi Delta Tau held their first blood drive in Albany Saturday. (Source: WALB)

    With Memorial Day around the corner, one Southwest Georgia military fraternity decided to host a blood drive in honor of fallen soldiers and to give back to the community.  Psi Delta Tau Military Fraternity Incorporated held the event at a neighborhood Wal-Mart to help those in need.  

    More >>

    With Memorial Day around the corner, one Southwest Georgia military fraternity decided to host a blood drive in honor of fallen soldiers and to give back to the community.  Psi Delta Tau Military Fraternity Incorporated held the event at a neighborhood Wal-Mart to help those in need.  

    More >>
  • A huge feeding bringing hope to the community

    A huge feeding bringing hope to the community

    Saturday, May 26 2018 11:52 PM EDT2018-05-27 03:52:00 GMT
    St. James Missionary Baptist Church held their 3rd Annual Community BBQ Event on Jackson St. in Albany. (Source: WALB)St. James Missionary Baptist Church held their 3rd Annual Community BBQ Event on Jackson St. in Albany. (Source: WALB)

    The weather didn't stop one Albany church from having a nice southern barbeque.       St. James Missionary Baptist Church held their third annual 'Unity in the Community BBQ event' Saturday.  They gave away hundreds of food and clothing items. 

    More >>

    The weather didn't stop one Albany church from having a nice southern barbeque.       St. James Missionary Baptist Church held their third annual 'Unity in the Community BBQ event' Saturday.  They gave away hundreds of food and clothing items. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly