Recently the St. George Police Department received information from a local Realtor regarding another possible scam. This Realtor was contacted by an individual claiming to want to purchase property in St. George. The person claimed to be from Tokyo, Japan and provided a contact number and address. When this individual was asked for the customary proof of funds, a bank statement was sent from the Royal Bank of Canada showing a British Columbia Address. This bank statement was fraudulent as well as the individuals IP address which originated in China.
It is believed that the individual was trying to get the Realtor to sign a purchase contract after which the individual would send a fraudulent cashier’s check for the earnest money, around $3500.00. Then the individual would cancel the transaction within a day and ask for a refund of his earnest money, which they would be entitled to. By the time the St. George Realtor learned the cashier’s check was fake, the real money would already be on its way to the criminal.
Please be aware of this type of fraudulent activity. If you suspect that something is not right please contact the Police immediately to avoid becoming a victim to this scam. Any time you have dealings that involve checks or are conducted through electronic payment companies that wire funds, ensure that the check/funds are valid before sending money to the other party. You can register to stop telemarketers from calling at the National Do Not Call Registry, 1-888-382-1222 or www.donotcall.gov. You can contact DMA Choice to reduce unwanted junk mail at www.dmachoice.org. Lockup your credit by adding a Consumer Credit Freeze to your credit files. Some credit reporting agencies include: Experian www.experian.com, Equifax www.equifax.com, TransUnion www.transunion.com, Free Credit Report www.annualcreditreport.com. You can contact the Social Security Administration at www.socialsecurtiy.gov. File a mail fraud report at https://postalinspectors.upsis.gov/. Make sure to shred all documents containing personal information before discarding. For more information please visit www.idtheft.utah.gov.