Scam Alert: Fake money orders

5:21 PM, Mar 17, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - It was a scam that began with an online order for flyer and business cards that was sent to a minuteman press store.

"Everything appeared to be legitimate," fraud victim Ken Schaeffer said. 

Then the payment arrived.

"We received a postal money order and it was for more than what it should have been," Schaeffer said.

Part of the payment was for the printing expenses, the other for business expenses from a "business" person picking up the order.

"He [the scammer] asked us to go to the bank, deposit it, and if we could please take what was left and send the balance to his partner," Schaeffer said.

A few days later he checked his bank account and noticed the money order had bounced.

"A wonderful scammer, par excellence," Schaeffer said.

In fact, the con artist even sent a second money order and was about to try the same scam.

Pamela Durkee, a U.S. Postal Inspector, says that a money order is a red flag to look out for.

"If it's a business and they are having you do all this work, why wouldn't [you] have a bank account and write it off a business check, a company check?" she said.

Counterfeiters are very good at making fake money order looks real.

If you receive a postal money order, you can check to see if it is real at any post office.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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