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Suisun City Police Department
Wednesday September 30th, 2009 :: 04:53 p.m. PDT


Crime Alert! Internet scam

“If it sounds too good to be true”

An ongoing and very typical scam via Internet and U.S. Mail is a solicitation wherein the suspect sends a very authentic looking check to a citizen for payment of some advertised item or for services needed. The suspect asks the citizen to deposit the check, keep a small portion of it, and then refund the rest. The citizen follows the instructions and, of course, his/her own check clears. Weeks later, however, the citizen learns that the check from the suspect was fraudulent and the amount deposited was reversed.

In the most recent case in Suisun, a citizen answered an online ‘Mystery Shopper Wanted’ solicitation with the hook being, “Here’s your chance to get paid for shopping and dinning out.”

The citizen took the bait and soon a $2,800 check arrived. The suspect told the citizen to deposit the check, keep $200 for advanced pay, and then return $2,600.

Citizens across our country fall for these scams every month. It’s important to remember that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

For more in-depth information and how to report Internet fraud, contact the FBI-Internet Fraud Unit at,

Suisun City Police Department
701 Civic Center Blvd
Suisun City, CA 94585

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 707-421-7373

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