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Business won't fall for check scam


By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –  A Valdosta business didn't fall for a fraudulent check scam, and they don't want you to become of victim either.

Coombs Appliances got a check in the mail and emails asking them to send money to an address in Florida.

Michael Jackson, who works for Coombs Heating and Air conditioning, reads aloud the suspicious emails that were sent to the company last week. "I will be sending a payment worth $1,500 to pick up the shipment of the items bought because I may not be on hand when the payment arrives."

"I guess they thought we were going to be stupid enough to fall for it and we didn't," said Jackson.

Tuesday, a UPS package was delivered with only a random $1,500 check inside. "We had no information on what they wanted to buy," Jackson said.

Coombs sells appliances on Craigslist and they say that's how the scammers got their email address and office manager's name.

The emails from stated to cash the check and "take out the $225 for the water heater ,plus the cost of western union fees and for running around town," said Jackson.

Then wire the rest of the money through western union to a Florida address.

Coombs Appliances did a lot of investigating themselves liking making phones and researching the internet, finding a lot of red flags. And on top of that: "It just sounded like it was too good to be true," Jackson said.

And Michael Jackson says especially in this economy times are tough he wants people to be aware of scams like this out there.

Michael Jackson says he was told by the bank on the check that the account was open. He also called the company that was on the check American Public Works Association and that's when he found out the account had been closed for two years.

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