Franklin Co. deputies warn of mail scam

The Franklin County Sheriff's Department is warning residents about a mail scam going around. 

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents about a mail scam going around.

Deputies say the scammers appear to be targeting people through the mail service with documents that look official.

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The scam basically provides you with a fraudulent payroll check in the amount of $2,900. Deputies say the letter attached with the check appears to suggest you are being hired as a ‘mystery shopper’ at the local post office.

The letter promises if you cash the check and purchase three money orders in $800 increments you will be permitted to keep the remaining $500 for your time and effort.

There are instructions attached to the letter on how to claim your reimbursement.

Deputies warn that if you were to cash these checks you could possibly be held liable for the amount to be repaid to the bank.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents about a mail scam going around.
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