Sheriff James R. Voutour warned the public today of an on-going Internet scam.
This scam involves listings on Craigslist and often involves emails identical or similar to firstname.lastname@example.org and Drrnlgnn@aol.com, Voutour wrote.
In the scam, an unknown person from this type of email address inquires about a legitimate posting for an item for sale. The item is normally one that would require a substantial shipping cost. The unknown person sends a check for more than the purchase price of the item and requests that the seller deposit the check in his or her own account, then send money to Western Union to a different location, sometimes saying it is for the moving company. The original check is then discovered to be fraudulent and the seller is out the money sent via Western Union.
A general rule to follow is to never Western Union funds that have not already been cleared and confirmed valid through your bank or credit union, Voutour said.