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SCAM ALERT: Fake money orders

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office is warning people tonight about a recent scam.
The scam involves fraudulent money orders being shipped to people who have been selected as "secret shoppers."

As Channel Three's Jenise Fernandez tells us, investigators say the counterfeit money orders look like the real deal.

Sarah Williams thought she was selected as a secret shopper.
She then received two money orders in the mail with specific instructions.
As genuine as these money orders look, her instinct told her this was a scam.

Two money orders, each 950 dollars.
The instructions sent to Williams told her to cash it in her bank, keep 200 dollars for herself, and then wire the rest to another person.
The instructions seemed suspicious to Williams, but the money orders themselves looked like the real thing.

The bank told her they were counterfeit. Williams turned them over to the Sheriff's Office.
   
"I didn't want nobody else to be in this position. Some of these small banks will cash them and then you'll end owing all this money."

Sheriff's Office spokesperson, Rich Aloy says getting the actual counterfeit money orders is rare.
The Sheriff's Office can now use these as a training tool.

This is a problem nation-wide, and since no crime was committed the Sheriff's Office can only warn people about this.
The FBI and Federal Trade Commission is currently investigating.

"Because it's across the country most of the time it's outside of our jurisdiction here in Santa Rosa County."     

To avoid becoming a victim of fraud,the Sheriff's Office says to use common sense, and to follow that old saying, "If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is."
Reporting in Santa Rosa County, Jenise Fernandez, Channel Three News.