Scam Alert: Don't Send Money To Suspicious Orphanages

(Gillette, Wyo.) Gillette Police recently took a report of check fraud by way of online scam. A 32 year old woman reported Thursday that she became involved with what she discovered was a fictitious orphanage in North Carolina. The company is allegedly called "Mary Jo Albertson's, LLC." They instructed her to deposit a $1550 check they had sent, in to her personal account. She was then asked to send three different amounts from the check to different locations in North Carolina and Nigeria. She electronically sent these amounts, and later discovered the check was a fraud. Under federal law, banks generally must make funds available to you from U.S. Treasury checks, most other governmental checks, and official bank checks (cashier’s checks, certified checks, and teller’s checks), a business day after you deposit the check. However, just because funds are available on a check you’ve deposited doesn’t mean the check is good. It’s best not to rely on money from any type of check unless you know and trust the person you’re dealing with or. The best practice when you suspect something is a scam is to wait until the bank confirms that the check has cleared. Forgeries can take weeks to be discovered and untangled. The bottom line is that until the bank confirms that the funds from the check have been deposited into your account, you are responsible for any funds you withdraw against that check. This is according to the FTC. #county17 #news