Woman duped by internet scam
Boca Raton, FL – A Boca Raton woman was scammed out of nearly $2000 after answering an ad on the internet classified site Craig’s List. On October 15th the woman answered an ad by a man looking for a nanny for his son in Miami. After speaking with the man, who identified himself to her as Mr. Dennis, she was told she was hired. Mr. Dennis told the woman he was going to send her a check for $2,585 dollars, which would cover one weeks salary of $500 and asked that she deposit the check and send the difference back to him through Western Union.
The woman deposited the check into her bank account on October 7th and said on October 9th the money showed up in her account when the check was “cleared”. The woman then sent the money, $1,980 via Western Union to Mr. Dennis. After she sent the money her bank informed her that the check she deposited came back as fraudulent and her bank account was overdrawn. The phone number she had for Mr. Dennis was disconnected and he has not responded to her emails.
The Crime Prevention unit of the Boca Raton Police Services Department wants to remind everyone to never send money to anyone they do not know. Many times people fall victim to scams where the suspect wants the person to deposit a check, and then send them the money. This is a typical scam. Anyone with information is asked to call the Boca Raton Police Services Department at 561-416-3350 or anonymously text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). In the text type BRPD and the tip.