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Franklin man loses $3,800 in check scam


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A Franklin man lost $3,800 in a scam, police said.

The man received an email in July from someone claiming to be the hiring manager for a brewery company and promising to pay the man $300 weekly if he advertised their products with vehicle wrap on his car. The man received what he believed was a real check for $3,850, and he took the check to a bank, where employees said they also believed it was real, a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office report said.

The man then followed instructions he’d been given to withdraw the money, except for his $300 share, and send it to a man in Beverly Hills, California, to pay for the vehicle wrapping. But soon after, the bank contacted the Franklin man and told him his account had been overdrawn by $3,800 and that the check he had deposited was fraudulent, the report said.

He recently received another email and a second check for $2,950. Investigators collected the emails, envelope, check and documents, the report said.

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