Deputies investigating mail scam in Cochise County
Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo
COCHISE COUNTY, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - The Cochise County Sheriff's Department is investigating a mail fraud case.
Carol Capas, a spokesperson with Cochise County tells KGUN9 that on Oct. 10, they were advised of a Palominas resident who wanted to report a possible fraud case. Deputies met with the woman who provided a letter from Lippmann Market Research of Cudahy Wisconsin. She also provided a check in the amount of $2498 to hire her as a “mystery shopper” in Cochise County.
The letter stated the woman had been identified through a consumer survey specialist. The pay for part time work as a "mystery shopper" averaged $300 per assignment. The bottom portion of the letter indicated that the check should be cashed and then $1990 should be wired via Western Union back to Lippmann Market Research.
Deputies investigated this incident and made contact with M&I Bank who issued the check. An Investigator for the bank advised deputies that the check and the account were legitimate. However, there has been counterfeit checks and fraudulent activity on that account since March of 2011, says Capas.
Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever wants to remind Cochise County residents to be wary of checks received in the mail requesting you to cash them and send a portion of the money somewhere else. Fraudulent schemes are becoming more sophisticated each day.