Checking the Check Saves Region 8 Man from Potential Scam

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- We'd all love to make a quick buck, but most of us know if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.  We've heard of scam artists mailing fraudulent checks out, but one Region 8 man's attention to detail may have saved him from losing thousands of dollars.

"There are all kinds of people who are preying on people who need money and times are tough right now. It would be nice to get money falling from the sky, if it's too good to be true, then it's probably not true," said Jim Martin.

Martin knew he hadn't hit the jack pot when he received a check for nearly $5,000 in the mail.  It came with a letter claiming he had won $42,000.

"I noticed that there is no 'S' here in Concepts and it is spelled differently on the check, so that immediately kind of tipped me off that something was not right," said Martin.

Martin verified that the account was real and did have the funds in it through Chase bank, and then he called the number listed in the letter.

"They tell you yes, you can keep this money and you can get another $37,000 if you go cash the check and wire them the $3100 for taxes and fees," explained Martin, "The way it works is that this number you call at Chase is fake and the funds are not really there."

Martin discovered Global Concepts was a furniture manufacturing company in Michigan who had no idea their account had been hijacked. The company told him several people had called with complaints from the Jonesboro area.

"There's a lot of people out there that will do a lot of stuff for money, you just need to watch out for them," said Martin.

If you receive a check similar to one like martin did, don't hesitate to ask questions, and if doubt, throw it out.