National Check Scam comes to North Central Florida
The search for a job left one North Central Florida mother searching for answers when she received checks in the mail totaling almost $10,000. The woman asked TV20 News to look into the situation and we found that she was almost a victim of a national scam. With over a decade of experience in finances, Chiefland resident Kimberly Gottlieb found a job posting on Craigslist.org for accounts receivable and applied. She was so-called hired a week later. Soon after, she received two checks made out to her from two different companies. Tv20 News reached out to both companies whose names appear on the checks. Both are real companies but say their information was stolen, the checks are forged, and Gottlieb is just one of many potential victims across the country.
"My first check was from New Jersey. My second one was from Kansas. If it was from the same person, it would seem like it would be from the same state," said Kimberly Gottlieb
In the instructions sent to Gottlieb, she's told to cash the check, keep $150 for herself, and then forward the money to a man in Parker, Colorado. Police say these type of internet scams are extremely common. The federal government has a website devoted entirely to internet crimes, www.ic3.gov, where you can report similar situations.
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