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Check Scam Could Clean Out Your Account
UNION -- A scam alert that could cost you thousands! A mother of five was almost conned out of money she was going to use for Christmas presents this week. And she's worried your family could be targeted next.
The scammers are using legitimate delivery services like FedEx to send bogus checks to innocent victims. The goal is to obtain your personal information and eventually clean out your bank account.
"I opened it up and I was like, there's a $1,300 check in here," said Jennifer Cupp of Union.
The delivery was a nice surprise, but Jennifer wasn't expecting any money and she didn't know the sender. So her husband called the phone number written on the mailing label, but it had already been disconnected.
With no answers there, Jennifer called the bank listed on the check, Huntington National Bank. That's when she found out the check is all part of a huge scam.
"What people are doing now are sending fake checks in hopes that you deposit them so then they can get your account information," she said.
The cons behind all this are doing their homework by claiming the money is from a legitimate organization. In Jennifer's case, it was the charity Universal Initiative Foundation out of Toledo.
"I don't see how someone could do that to someone, try to get all their information and then take money from them. It just blows my mind," Jennifer said.
With this scam, there was a huge red flag. The scammers never enclosed a reason why Jennifer was getting a check.
"If it seems too good, it probably is too good," she said.
ABC 22/FOX 45 called the charity on the check. The charity's president said he knows the scammers are using his charity's name, but added there's little anyone can do because it's so difficult to track down the people behind it.
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