SPRING VALLEY — Another Bureau County resident has been targeted by a financial scam.
Bureau County Sheriff John Thompson has confirmed his department investigated a scam starting in February, which targeted a Spring Valley resident.
The Spring Valley resident contacted the sheriff’s department in March about suspicious emails and text messages which she had received from a person claiming to be Jessica Baker, who wanted to buy $663 worth of products from the Spring Valley resident.
After several emails, the person claiming to be Jessica Baker sent a check for $2,000 to the Spring Valley resident, requesting the remaining balance be sent back as a personal check. The Spring Valley resident felt this contact was suspicious and did not send the products or money, rather she contacted the sheriff’s department.
The check was sent through the U.S. Postal Service and was from Chevy Chase, Md. When the Bureau County deputy took the check to North Central Bank in Ladd, a bank supervisor informed the deputy the routing number on the check does not exist.
Thompson said it appears the check is counterfeit, and the names provided may be stolen identities. The county police which would handle the possible stolen identity issue has been contacted, the sheriff said.
On Monday, Thompson said these types of scams, as well as other scams, are happening so frequently that people need to know they should not trust anyone whom they do not know. Residents need to be knowledgeable enough to realize when something does not seem right and to look at any kind of correspondence like this as a scam.
In this technical age, more and more scams can use text messages or emails, and people need to be very cautious of every inquiry, the sheriff said.
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