Local law enforcement agencies have had several reports of a scam that has victimized several area residents.
St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells says the scam in the most current report is alleged out of Indianapolis, IN. The company advertises in local papers which in this case under “secret shoppers”. In this case they want people to go out and buy select items at specific stores and keep the receipts. In the mean time the company sends the “shoppers” a check for $1,500 and asks the ‘shopper” to cash the check and then send the company back $900.00 in a money order along with the receipts. All indications are that the check and the address used for the company are not legit and that this is a case of fraud and a scam. The check in this case was issued under the name of ‘‘Finance Center Federal Credit Union”. FCFCU is a real name of a legit institution but fraudulent cashier’s checks under this name have been surfacing since 2011. A google search will show the reports of these past scams.
Sheriff Wells says, “Everyone please be aware and vigilant for fraud / scams and remember if it seems too good to be true, chances are it is”.