SOUTH WINDSOR, Connecticut police today warned of a fraudulent checks scam in which residents have been receiving bogus checks from FedEx or U.P.S. The checks are made out to the resident, and a form letter instructs the recipient to contact the sender via e-mail for further instructions.
The scam works by having the unsuspecting recipient deposit the check in their checking account, and then transfer some or all of the money to the sender, police said. Banks later learn that the checks are fake. The victim loses the money they have transferred to the sender because the money that is wired can not be retrieved, police said.
Just another twist in the advance fee scam, using the postal mail, before reverting to email removes one level of obvious inauthenticity.