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Fort Morgan Police Department News

Posted on: June 7, 2010

[ARCHIVED] Weekly Crime Information Alert

Fort Morgan Police are warning residents about a “secret shopper” employment scam that has tricked several people in the Morgan County area.

Fort Morgan Police are warning residents about a “secret shopper” employment scam that has tricked several people in the Morgan County area.

Police have received several reports about residents responding to a “Secret Shopper” employment opportunity only to fall prey to thieves instead of finding employment.

The scam is a variation on a commonly used ruse where a person is asked to cash a check and keep a portion for themselves and send the rest of the money back. The checks received are forgeries and the victims remove real money from their account thinking they are safe, having deposited other funds.

In this case the victims are told they are working to evaluate a local Western Union Money Transfer branch. They receive a U.S. Postal money order and are told to cash the money order and keep a percentage.

They are then instructed to wire the remaining amount through the money transfer service. The money they send is real; the money order they received is not. When the money order is discovered to be a forgery, the victim has been scammed.

At least three people have come forward, some discovering the scam before they lost money. Police have found some commonalities among the cases. First, correspondence is with someone using the name “Erica”, second, the amount of three of the bogus money orders was exactly $845.33 and finally, the victims were asked to use Western Union to wire the money to a person in another state.

If anyone thinks they may be a victim of this recent employment scam they are asked to call Detective Steve Vosburg at (970) 542-3941 or call the police department at (970) 867-5678.

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