$6,000 scammed from resident
By 04/05/2007 00:00:00
ENNIS - The Ennis State Bank reported to the police last week an Ennis resident received a phony cashier's check for a lottery.
The resident had been told they were the winner of a lottery and the $3,200 check provided was for the processing of tax payments and customs which was required for the release of the lottery funds.
The alleged winner was asked to contact an agent who then requested they deposit the check sent and then send back a personal check which was cashed by the phony agency.
The winner then learned the cashiers check was returned because it was no good and the winner was left without the funds they sent in the personal check.
Detective Lt. Ron Roark said these kind of scams came in spurts and in specific areas.
These sorts of criminals seem to prey on the elderly and people were encouraged to speak with their elderly parents or relatives to ensure they were aware of this kind of scam, said Roark.
According to Roark, the authorities have had little luck in locating these kind of scam artists because most of the letters come from anywhere in the world.
In the past five years there have been approximately 50 reports similar to this kind of scam in Ennis and none of those cases have been closed, according to the Ennis Police Department.
The scam artists come from Europe or somewhere overseas and make most of their money from the elderly.
The Ennis Police Department was cautioning those receiving these kind of checks to report it to the police immediately and they should never send money to anyone they have not checked out.
Those who are not sure, should still contact the police department, Roark said.