Scam nearly costs Lakewood resident $42,000 [PHOTOS]

A Lakewood resident was nearly scammed out of $42,350, the victim tells TLS.

Similar to recent scams, the resident says his accounting department received an email alleging to come from an employee, asking the secretary to issue a check of $42,350.

The secretary didn’t suspect anything unusual, and sent out the check.

It turns out, the suspect hacked the email, and then went through recent emails, noticing a pattern of requesting check – which he figured wouldn’t prompt any red flags.

Luckily, however, several days later, the secretary reached out to the employee with a question regarding that transaction, and the fraud was discovered fast enough to stop the check.

A similar scam was used by another scam artist, and it cost a local resident nearly $100,000.

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  1. It surprises me that the scammer is using a real address, unless they can fake the USPS System and forward it to a Mail Drop like a PMB not a POB.
    PMBs in mail center are notorious for fraud and other financial crime.

  2. I once heard a bank manager tell a business customer, “We are not here to babysit your account, you are responsible to go online every single morning and monitor any suspicious activity”. “Call us right away in the morning and we will stop the check”.

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