Scammers continue to target Green Country

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 7/08/2013 10:16 am Published: 7/05/2013 7:36 pm

Scam artists continue to target Green Country in an attempt to steal money and commit identity theft.

Penny, who lives in Owasso, told FOX23 that she made a wrong move and wants to warn others about the dangers online.

Penny said that five days ago she logged onto Craigslist to post about her upcoming garage sale. She said that the process seemed fairly easy.

"You have to put in your email address, your home address, your telephone number and just pertinent information like that," said Penny.

On Thursday a letter was delivered to her home containing a $1999 check from a business and person she didn't know. Penny said that the check appeared to look legitimate but it was fraudulent.

Penny believes that she offered just enough personal information online to become the target of a scam.

"They could be able to get into your bank account, take your money and steal your identification," said Penny, "It should be very scary for everybody."

Fortunately, Penny didn't fall for the scam and didn't deposit the check. She said that she contacted the business that it was allegedly sent from and they told her that the name on the check was not affiliated with the company and it was a fake check.

FOX23 talked with the Rogers County Sheriff's Office who said that phishing scams and bank fraud scams are continuous problems that are frequently reported.

Penny said that she cautions everyone in Green Country to be overly cautious with their mail and email to prevent a scam from happening to them.

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