The easiest way to spot a money scam is to use a rule of thumb. If it sounds to be good to be true, it usually is. A Dothan resident did this when he found a cashiers check in his mailbox for four-thousand dollars.
"Recently we had a gentleman come to the police department with a letter he was concerned about, it was a scam, and fortunately he did not become a victim of this,” sergeant of the Dothan police department Rachel David said.
The cashiers check looks just like a real one, complete with a routing number and an authorized signature. The letter attached to the check is where the money scam comes into play,
"the recipient of the letter was told he'd received money, he had been a winning part of a lottery and that he'd receive his money as soon as he paid in the required taxes and insurance fees,” David said.
People become victims of money scams when they deposit the bad check and make the initial payment fees to receive the rest of the money. They never receive the promised payment and end up owing fines related to the bad check.
"Unfortunately the criminals continue to play on those people who are hoping for the best outcome anytime they get involved with the type of situation and as long as that's going on, scammers are going to continue to come up with new and innovative ways to steal from the general public,” David said.
Scams are everywhere and sometimes hard to spot, but Sergeant David says there are plenty of ways to avoid becoming a victim.
"We see it is not uncommon to have mail scams be circulated, internet scams, and also telephone solicitation scams. We encourage people as always, just be very guarded with your information and if you receive anything that promises you future payment, after you send in a payment, to shred the document if you have it or delete that email,” David said.