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Washington County Check Scam

By: Lauren Davis
By: Lauren Davis

Washington County Sheriff Bobby Haddock receives phone calls daily about scams taking place in his county.

With a business code of ethics, a survey questionnaire, and a time sheet, it makes this latest one the most elaborate scam he's seen in the mail. He says, “It's the most elaborate, but the same principals.”

A company sent a fake $2000 dollar check to a resident hiring them to do a product survey at a Wal-Mart store paying them $250 dollars.

“It requested the person send back $1600 through a wire service,” Haddock explained.

The person who refused to go on camera deposited the check, but put a hold on it after not feeling right, then later found out the check was a hoax.

Sheriff Haddock says no one is going to pay you that much money to do a product survey. He says the department is, “Trying to get word out if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.”

If you have any questions about a letter you get in the mail or email, contact your local law enforcement agency. It could save you a lot of heartache and money.

Wal-Mart officials would not go on camera, but they did say they have had no other reports of this kind of scam.


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