Dresden, Tenn.–The Weakley County Sheriff’s Department would like make people aware of some scams that have been making the rounds in the county.
Captain Randall McGowan said, “The first one is a work from home scam that promises money for you if you take on a job that requires you to have items sent to your house
that you put into another box and send on to another address. Several people in Weakley County have done this in the last few months.”
It turns out the items were purchased with stolen credit card numbers or fake credit cards or fake pay pal accounts by someone in another state or country.
Once the items were shipped to the next address they were repackaged again and sent to other locations most of which were overseas.
None of the Weakley County people were charged with a crime because they thought they were working from home. Most of them had not
been paid any money.
McGowan said, “The next scam is a secret shopper program that actually sends you a check before you do any work. They want you to deposit those funds into your checking account to purchase items and then send the items to them. The left over funds are your profits. The problem is even though the check looks real it’s not. The money you are spending is your own money from your checking account. It might take days before the check is returned to your bank as no good but by then it’s too late. Sometimes they want you to wire money from one location to another to “test” the system. By the time you get to the second location it has already been picked up by someone else and your money is gone.”
The Internal Revenue Service will not call you about money you owe. They will contact you through mail service first. The local police would never come and arrest you because you owe money to the federal government. Even some of the deputies at the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department have received these types of calls in the last few months. Do not return the call to a number they give you and never give personal information about yourself to someone on the phone that you do not know.