The Sheridan Police Department is preemptively warning residents about a new check fraud scheme that's been seen in southern Wyoming over the past few weeks. Lieutenant Chris Dahmke with the SPD says it's a new twist on an old scam, and he describes what law enforcement typically sees.
But the fraudulent check or money order isn't just sent through the mail to the target - it's actually sent directly to a victim's financial institution and deposited. Dahmke says the scammer will contact the victim shortly after the money has been deposited and ask for a portion of that deposit to be sent back.
Dahmke says the scammer has a small window of time to contact the victim - typically between three and seven days - before the check or money order is found to be fraudulent. The victim is ultimately liable for the loss and the scammer walks away with cash.
There is no such thing as free money, and Dahmke invites any residents who are concerned about what they may expect to be fraud to contact the SPD at 672-2413 or their financial institution for help.