Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Overpayment Scams Claiming More Victims

The Yuma Police Department has received several recent reports of different types of scams.  An overpayment scam is one which involves an item you might have listed for sale such as a car, truck or some other item.  It could also be for a house for rent on Craigslist or EBay. The scammer finds your ad and sends you an email offering to pay your asking price.  Once you receive their payment, which is always a check or money order, you notice it is for an amount way over your asking price. The overpayment they tell you is a mistake. They tell you to deposit the money and you are instructed to wire them or their representative the difference. They tell you to keep some extra for yourself pretending to be generous. They ask you for the money control transfer number after the money is wired so they can pick it up. The check or money order you receive looks real, but is not. After a deposit is made into your bank account, the bank later finds out the check or money order is counterfeit and you have to pay the bank back the money.  By the time suspect has picked up the money you wired is gone. Scammers typically use Hotmail, Gmail and other types of email addresses where little information is required to obtain that email account.  The Yuma Police Department believes there may be unreported victims in these thefts and encourage anyone who may be a victim to call the Yuma Police Department at 928-373-4700.

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