Under The Willow Tree

Scammers are hard at works and from the looks of it, there's no end to their treachery. 

At this point, I've written numerous articles about email scams, internet scams, and even weather-related scams. Imagine my surprise when I went home for lunch today and found myself smack dab in the middle of a scenario I've written about time and again.

Now I do want you to know that I'm not going to be uber descriptive about certain aspects of this case. Simply because I have turned it over to local authorities and I do not want to impede their investigation. At the end of this, I'd like the bad guy in jail if you please.

So back to the story. I popped into the house for lunch and my daughter-in-law excitedly told me about how she'd sold something she'd been trying to get rid of. “They paid way too much for shipping,” she said. “I think they're going to let me keep most of the extra!”

Every bell, whistle, and red flag hidden amongst the nonsense in my brain simultaneously went off.

“Let me see the check, hun,” I said. “Something's seriously not right with this.”

She handed it to me and said, “Look, it's a cashier's check.”

And I'll be hanged if it didn't look like a real cashier's check from a real bank. The only real problem I saw with the thing was that is was for over $1,500 more than she was asking for the item. “Have you talked to them? Why did they send so much?”

For the rest of the story, check out the e-edition of The News-Times

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