Recent Fraudulent Check Scam
We have become aware of a Check Scam that recently took place in a local Kroger parking lot.
A member of COPFCU was approached in the Kroger parking lot in Harrison, OH, by a professionally dressed gentleman stating that he was recruiting people to advertise for a company called Blue Bell Creamery by placing advertisement decals on their cars for $500/week, up to 15 weeks. He followed up by simply asking for an email address, which the member provided.
Two days later, the member received an email requesting an address to send the first check payment and the decals for her car. She received the check a few days later in the amount of $3,670 from a company called Discount Forklifts, Inc., which specified that the money was to be used to cover the cost of her first payment, as well as the cost of installing the decals on her vehicle.
The member deposited the check and called us to verify that the check was legitimate. We followed up by calling the companies involved – Blue Bell Creamery & Discount Forklifts, Inc.—and found out that neither company had such an offer and that this was a scam. In fact, one of the companies had already had 60 other calls about the scam.
If you’re ever suspicious of a check or an offer you’ve received, please call any of our branches for help.