May 23, 2014
Lt. Eric Dellinger (706) 542-5813
Chief Jimmy Williamson (706) 542-5813
In recent weeks several e-mail based check/money order scams have been brought to the attention of the University of Georgia Police Department. Two victims known to the University of Georgia Police Department at this time have reported a total loss in excess of $6000.
In this type of scam, potential victims receive correspondence, typically by e-mail, which offers monetary compensation for very little work. The victim then receives a check for a substantial amount more than the advertised pay, with instructions to deposit the check and then forward the difference to a third party in the form of a money order or pre-paid card. The original check deposited into the victim’s account is then found to be fraudulent and the victim is out of the full amount.
Do not fall for this type of scam! If an offer of payment seems too good to be true, it most likely is. Never accept this type of payment from an unverified source or agree to such employment without knowing who you are communicating with.
Investigation into the cases reported to the University of Georgia Police Department has revealed that an individual associated with the address of 9663 Santa Monica Boulevard, Unit 613, Beverly Hills, California, 90210 is involved first hand with the receipt of money orders and other payments sent by numerous victims from these types of cases. Law enforcement officials in Beverly Hills, California are familiar with these incidents and as well as this known individual’s involvement and indicate that victims from other colleges in the U.S. are known. However, prosecutors in that jurisdiction will not make criminal cases due to the financial burden involved with the transportation of victims from various parts of the country to testify in the matter.
This information is being disseminated in hopes that potential victims will take notice of this type of scam as well as the specific address known in these cases. Please do not correspond with anyone that contacts you with this type of offer. If you know of anyone that may have been victimized in this manner or if you feel you may have been the victim of such a scam, please contact the University of Georgia Police Department at 706-542-2200.