Residents warned of check scams
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 12:00 AM
Residents are being warned to be wary of several scams being operated in both the city and county including those involving bogus checks, the authorities said.
Sheriff Tommy Waddell said his office has received several reports of residents receiving questionable checks in the mail.
Some residents have received a call saying they would receive a check in the mail to cash and that if they did so they could keep $700 to $800 of it, he said. The rest of the money is then put on a plastic "green dot card."
Once the process goes through they find out the check was no good and they are stuck having to pay the money back.
"The casher is held responsible," the sheriff said, noting that the checks could be for anything.
Roxanna McCarty, an administrative assistant with Thomasson Company, received a call last month saying she could earn money by getting a Texaco sign placed on her car.
The process involved receiving a check for $2,450, she said, cashing it, keeping $400 and sending the rest off to a company that would create the sign and have it placed on her car.
After winter weather delayed the check coming in, McCarty received a second call asking why she hadn't cashed the check.
"I called the Texaco company and that's when I found out it was bogus," she said.
The sheriff asked that residents to ignore these calls.
"If it sounds too good to be true then it probably is," Waddell said. "People don't give out free money."
Another scam going around involves a call from someone claiming to be with the police.
"They call someone and tell them they have an outstanding fine and if it isn't paid within a certain time then the FBI will come for them," Waddell said.
The sheriff also warned that any checks that involve a plastic "green dot card" are going to be a scam.
"If you get one, tear it up and throw it away," he said.
Last month, Neshoba County General Hospital officials received reports of a scam targeting elderly patients in the area and saying they are with the hospital and requesting personal information, and/or they request prescription numbers or information related to their prescription medicines.
Both the sheriff and hospital officials asked residents to ignore the calls.