The Potter County Sheriffs Department is warning citizens about a check scam that has made its way into in Amarillo.

Financial scam

On Friday, June 30th, Potter County Sheriff's were alerted to a possible scam.  A man received a priority mail envelope, inside the envelope was a marketing survey and instructions.  The instructions asked the person to conduct a customer survey at a local retail store.  The envelope also contained a cashier's check.  The check was made out to the man for $1680.  The instructions told the man to deposit the check into his bank account and forward $1300 to a person in El Paso.

The bank in which the cashier's check was created was contacted and it was found that the check was fraudulent.

If you receive anything like this in the mail, please be aware that it is likely that it is a scam.  Banks will cash fraudulent checks, not knowing they are fraudulent and by the time they are found to be fraudulent, you are responsible for the funds.  Keep in mind that you should never wire money to someone you don't know.

As always, it's best to follow the old rule, "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."



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