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Archive for Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Internet scam costs elderly woman $170K

November 26, 2008

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— An Internet scam has cost a 65-year-old Salina woman $170,000.

Police said Monday that an individual the woman met on the Internet in September sent her what appeared to be a U.S. Treasury check for $456,000. She was asked to deposit the check in her bank and wire a portion of the money back to her new friend.

Deputy Police Chief Carson Mansfield said that she deposited the check at Bank of America in Salina on Oct. 4 and before it cleared, withdrew $170,000 to wire to England. About a month later, the $456,000 check came back as counterfeit.

Mansfield said the woman did not have the funds to cover the loss.

Comments

verity 5 years, 4 months ago

Just what I was thinking, beobachter. When did banks start handing out cash before the check clears? Especially with that amount of money. My deposit slip says I can't take any cash out of that deposit.And shouldn't someone at the bank have questioned it?

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beobachter 5 years, 4 months ago

Why did the bank allow her to withdraw that amount if she couldn't cover it from existing funds? Doesn't sound like a responsible bank.

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Confrontation 5 years, 4 months ago

Note to everyone: Keep grandma off the computer!

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gr 5 years, 4 months ago

"and before it cleared, withdrew $170,000 to wire to England."Wow.But, keep in mind, even if she waited until after it cleared, the bank could come back months, maybe years and take it away. Amazing that if you write a check to a company and the company is a fraud, you lose the money. However, with the reverse, you still lose the money. Also, you write a check and it clears out of your bank that day. Why can't a treasury check be determined authentic in less than a month.

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