Unexpected Check Alerts Couple To Possible Shopping Scam

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At first glance, the official looking letter that arrived in Katrina Frink-Hind’s mailbox might not raise too many eyebrows. It, and a $1,900 check with it, was addressed to her husband. Then the questions began.

"[My husband] asked me if I had signed him up for anything,” Katrina said. “I thought, 'Gosh no, if it was that kind of money I would have signed myself up!'"

The person who sent the letter claims to be from AC International Corp., out of Kentucky, offering the check to spend at popular stores. The letter instructs the recipient to deposit the check, then withdraw the $300 for themselves.

11 News’ Call for Action's Betty Sexton said that's where some have been tripped up by this kind of offer.

"Never assume that just because the teller accepts your check the funds are good and you can spend the money," said Sexton.

In-state banks take up to 48 hours to confirm the check is legitimate. It could take a week or longer if the bank is out of state.

11 News called the number provided by the letter. It was answered by a recorded, garbled message, but no one picked up.

Before talking to 11 News, Katrina looked up AC International, which according to an Internet search is actually based out of California. She spoke with an operator.

"She said, ‘I’ve gotten many calls about this very same thing, and that's not us. It's fraud, it's a scam,’" Katrina said.

Katrina’s convinced the offer she received isn't worth the paper on which it's printed.

Sexton goes on to explain one of the big problems with the kinds of scams that involve suspicious checks is if the money is spent and the check is proven fake, the customer is responsible for covering all costs.