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Sparta Woman Scam Victim PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Friday, 16 September 2011 05:41

It has become an all-too-common report—that someone received information that they had ‘won’ money, or someone was sending a certified check to pay for some item the victim has for sale, apartment for rent—numerous variations on the theme.  A Sparta woman reported to Wilkesboro Police this week that she became a victim of such a scam, saying that Varian Securities told her in a letter she won $50,000 cash, the letter containing a check for $3,950.  The letter explained she was to send $2450 of the money to cover taxes, and that she was to contact a man named “Rick” about the process.  She was told by the man that she was to send just under $1000 to a woman in New York as well as the $2540 to a Maryland address—which she did.  Just after these transactions, she was called by her bank, informing her that the check was fraudulent, and that she owed the bank $3,950.  Wilkesboro Police and Western Union are currently investigating, and the US Postal Service—the woman’s employer— may also become involved, as the fraud was perpetrated through the mail. Many similar scams are perpetrated through email and many of the victims are embarrassed to report the crimes, but authorities say that reporting is the only way to possibly bring perpetrators to justice, but to do so while not falling for the scam.

  
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