Residents of Apache Junction have reported receiving checks by mail from someone claiming to represent the Frito-Lay Company.
The scammer offers a check for thousands of dollars in exchange for the victim placing an advertisement on their vehicles. The scammer tells the victim that a portion of the check is for them to keep and the rest is to be wired to the company that is going to place the advertisement on their vehicle. The victim then cashes the check and wires a portion of the money to a third party. The victim will then be notified by their bank that the check is fraudulent.
This time the scammer is using Frito-Lay but this scam is not unique. There are many versions of the same scam. The scammer will send you a check in exchange for some service that you can provide and ask you to wire money to a third party. The scammer’s intention is to get the victim to cash a fraudulent check and send them money. To avoid being scammed, remember the following information:
- If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Don’t wire money to strangers.
- Reputable companies don’t ask you to pay their vendors.
- Research the companies you choose do business with.
- There is no such thing as “easy money”.
- If you suspect it may be a scam, Google it. You will probably find information about the scam on the internet.
Go to Federal Trade commission for more information on the most recent scam alerts. www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/scam-alerts