New Scam Making Its Way Across the Permian Basin

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Just because you can see it, doesn't mean you should believe it. Scammers are using legitimate companies' names to scam you out of your hard earned money.

"Target, Best Buy, Wal-Mart. They make it look professional. They make it look real, they make people believe it," Ivonne Sigala with the Better Business Bureau, said.

The Better Business Bureau of the Permian Basin says they've seen an increase in calls from people who received these checks in the mail, and cashed them in only to find out they'd been scammed.

"When you get that check you may have already cashed it, but once you wire it that money's gone and you're left with a negative in your account. Whoever cashes that cash will have to pay that money back," Sigala said.

Most of these scams are from out of the country, and are post marked from either Canada or Jamaica, which makes it difficult for anyone to track them down.

"I get those checks all the time. You start reading more about it because they look real. I just put it in the trash, I'm scared I'll lose more money than I have," Resident, Martha Orr, said.

The Better Business Bureau says more people are falling into the traps.

"We had one lady called and she wired the money. She said she felt funny about it. It's sad but there's no way of stopping them," Sigala said.

The Better Business Bureau says the best way to avoid being scammed in any situation is to be careful who you give your personal information out to.

Also, shred all your important documents before throwing them out.