Scam Found in Local Newspaper

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - A new scam takes aim at anyone thumbing through the Midland Reporter-Telegram.

The Midland County Sheriff says a phony company has been running an ad looking for secret shoppers.

Those secret shoppers get a check in the mail and are told to cash it, then send a money gram to England with part of the cash back.

You're supposed to keep the rest, but the checks are fake.

An investigator contacted the bank the checks claim to come from and it turns out the bank has already seen about 1,000 of these phony checks come through their system.