The Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Department is urging residents to be cautious amid a new scam involving checks.
According to a news release, a resident recently told detectives of a check they received from someone who asked about an item listed on Craigslist.
Officials say the cashier’s check was made out for $1,930 and included instructions on how to cash it and keep the “remainder in cash or Walmart gift cards” that would be “picked up at a later date.”
The resident detected that the check was fraudulent and turned it over to the sheriff’s department.
To protect yourself from the scam, Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives recommend practicing the following habits:
- Be skeptical when conducting business over the Internet
- Never disclose personal or sensitive information such as bank account or Social Security numbers over the phone.