Woman warns others of scam

A woman reported a scam to police, hoping others would not fall victim to it in the future.

On Monday, the Johnson County woman told police she had been contacted by a man through Facebook and asked to deposit checks he sent her. The man told her he was not in the U.S. but needed to pay people there money, and she would be paid for helping him, according to the report from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

She received a check from the man and sent $225, and then her bank told her the check she had received was fraudulent, the report said.

Shortly after, she received three more checks for $4,000, $5,000 and $5,000 and was told to deposit those checks. She refused to cash the checks then checked with her bank, and found out the checks were fraudulent, the report said.

The woman made the report because she was worried others would become victims of the scam, including another woman who had recently contacted her on Facebook, the report said.

Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at agoeller@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2718.