Sheridan Resident With a Heart to Help "Grandson" Loses Thousands

It has happened again -- a victim of a phone scam, who lost a lot of money.

Monday, the Sheridan County Sheriff's Office received a report of a Sheridan resident who was called by a young man claiming to be his grandson. Sheriff Dave Hofmeier explains what transpired.

The grandfather had no reason to think it might not be his grandson, because the grandson has been known to frequently make trips into Canada. Sheriff Hofmeier says that on the whole, Sheridan is made up of kind and giving people, and he certainly can't fault the Sheridan resident for wanting to help his grandson if he were indeed in trouble.

What's rather disturbing, Hofmeier tells us, is the access people have to our personal information -- much more than we might think.

The sheriff says that the chances of the victim getting the money back are slim to none. Hofmeier urges the public.

Again, if anyone calls asking for money, especially money to be wired anywhere, be doubly cautious that it is a valid call.

And no one will do anything!

I recently recieved a check via fed ex for an item I had posted online. The check was $1500.00 over the amount I had asked for the item. Along with the check was a letter stating to reach them through this email address for further instuctions. I was not requested to send back the extra, but simply to conact them. Red flags went off. I called the Bank in CA. that the check was issued from They verified that this was a real existing account but suggested I hold off cashing it. So I decided to investigate.

To make a long story short. I was able to track down the owner of the account, who had not sent the check. I tracked down the guy who did send it. A trail that has led through at least 5 states. I was able to talk to the guy online on yahoo messenger. I was so excited that I cought him, well kinda. He had no idea I was a recipient of one of his fake checks.

However no one can do anything. I was told to shred the check by the bank and told there really wasn't anything they could do at the police dept.

Then while trying to squeeze more info out of the guy, he offers me an online job doing "check processing" for him. The pay was a mere $300 every 2 weeks and all I needed was blank check stock, a computer and printer.

I can only imagine that many people in economical crisis, would find an extra $600.00 a month pretty tempting. Especially when they learn that no one can do anything about it.

I never answered his proposition. I do keep his name on my messenger friends list just incase I can use it as an angle to eventually get this guy cought. You know the old saying keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

Every time the smiling yellow face pops up at the bottom of the screen with his name next to it to show me his online, I am reminded that someone is probebly getting scamed. Whether its an elderly person that has to close there account, like the man I talked to, or a parent trying to make ends meet with an online job. Someone is getting scamed!

get him to send you an email

get him to send you an email from an account like yahoo, NOT google.. When you get the email from him, look for an option to "view all headers"... once you do this you will see a look of stuff that looks like junk.. There should be something that says X sender IP "XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX" ...

on your computer go to START, click on RUN, and type CMD ..

In the black window, Type NSLOOKUP "XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX" the X's are the ip number you will get inside the email..

once you type this command, it will tell you what ISP he may be using... To find the location of where the email came from, in the same black window type,

tracert "XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX" you will see your computer make its way back to the IP he used to send his email, this will tell you where in the world the person came from.. As soon as you see it hop across the ocean, you know there is not much you can do..

someone will

If you have all the information you state then contact the FBI at file a complaint or call our local FBI office in Denver at 303-629-7171 and explain to them the situation. I'm sure you'll find someone willing to help. Good Luck

J. S. Luckjohn

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