The Riley County Police Department is warning of money scams that involve victims unknowingly depositing bad checks and ultimately giving their own money to scammers in what victims thought was a legitimate business operation.
In a recent case, Lt. Josh Kyle said a 25-year-old K-State Student lost $3,400 after she deposited a check from someone she found on an Internet listserv who had been requesting a personal assistant.
In these cases, Kyle said, the scammer sends a bad check to the victim to deposit into their own bank account. The scammer then tells the victim to send part of that money to a third party, telling the victim that person is setting up a business account for them.
The victim becomes responsible for the money they took out and transferred, Kyle said, once it is discovered that the check is bad.
He said citizens should beware of transactions where you do not see the person face-to-face and to consider it a red flag if you receive checks and are then asked to wire the money to another party.