A Marion County resident recently fell victim to a fake postal money order scam. Marion County Sheriff Ron Goemaat reports that the individual received what appeared to be real postal money orders from an unknown source, and was asked to cash them and return a portion of the money. The money orders totaled $1,800, and were realistic enough in appearance that they cleared a local bank. The individual then either sent a cashiers check or wired $1,600 to an overseas address as instructed, keeping $200 and in anticipation of getting more money orders to cash. The individual then became suspicious and contacted the Sheriff’s office. The Sheriff’s office and bank officials were able to reexamine the money orders and determine that they were fake.
Sheriff Goemaat told KNIA/KRLS news that the individual involved in the scam would be responsible for returning the $1,800 to the bank. Addresses supplied to send money were in Great Britain and the United Arab Emirates.
Sheriff Goemaat encourages anyone receiving such solicitations to contact local law enforcement.