Tutoring scam teaches Jonesboro woman hard lesson

Tutoring scam teaches Jonesboro woman hard lesson

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro woman looking to make some extra cash wound up losing hundreds of dollars.

The 18-year-old victim told police a woman named "Nancy Elliott" contacted her on a babysitting website.

The victim said "Elliott" claimed she was moving to Jonesboro and asked her to find a tutor and school for her son.

After communicating solely by email and phone, "Elliott" sent the victim a counterfeit cashier's check totaling $2,650 along with "detailed instructions where to wire the money to cover expenses," the initial incident report stated.

After cashing the check and completing the transactions, the victim said her bank contacted her and said the check was "no good."

The victim, according to the report, returned all but $800 of the original amount.

The whereabouts of "Nancy Elliott" is unknown and police were unable to locate her.

Sergeant Kenny Oldham noted in the report, in bold letters, "THIS IS A SCAM."

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