BBB warns of an old scam catching new victims

If you receive an unexpected check in the mail in the next few weeks for a large amount. it's probably too good to be true.

But scam artists are still getting away with an old trick in Michiana.

The Better Business Bureau of Northern Indiana says you may receive a letter in the mail that says you've won a large amount of money. Typically the checks are for about three thousand dollars.

The letter will ask you not to talk with anyone about it. A claim and phone number is given along with an agent name to call.

Once you call, the agent will tell you they sent you too much money and you'll need to reimburse them by wiring the agent the difference which may be about two thousand dollars.

“So bottom line is, of course, they have your two thousand dollars,” says Dreama Jensen from the BBB. “The check bounces, it's a fake check.”

Typically these scam artists are targeting senior citizens that may be living alone and could be lonely.

These scams are coming from other countries but the agents' names are disguised with common American names.

One man in St. Joseph County was baited and spent up to 50 thousand dollars trying to get 300 thousand he was promised.

He likely won't get any of that money back.

If you get a letter and check in the mail, the BBB says to shred it.

Don't try to cash the check because it could bounce.

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