Thursday, October 04, 2007

USPS launches mail scam campaign

ABC News in San Francisco is reporting that the U.S. Postal Service has launched a new campaign to stop a mail scam that's preyed on thousands of Americans including those doing business on eBay and Craigslist.

According to the report, "This is an old scam but these crooks are getting very sophisticated. Basically what they do is someone you have never heard of contacts you and they need to get a hold of your money. They say for example: 'I'll send you a check for $10,000 dollars all you have to do is send me a check for $1,000 dollars and we'll be in business.'
While your check is good, their check bounces and you're left holding the bag.
Jeff Fitch, U.S. Postal Service Inspector is quoted as saying, "Suspects buy merchandise online and they claim they have mailed the wrong amount by mistake. The victim is told to go ahead and deposit the wrong checks into their account and return the excess amount. The check or money order is counterfeit and the victim is sending their own money back to the suspect.
Postal Inspectors have arrested 77 people internationally in the last eight months alone.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM