TUCSON, Ariz. (1/26/16)--The Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona and Pima FCU are warning the public about a national secret shopper scam that is using fraudulent cashier’s checks with the credit union’s name.
On its website, the Tucson, Ariz.-based credit union describes the scam as such: Secret shopper scammers are sending fraudulent Pima FCU cashier’s checks via U.S. Postal Service two-day priority mail.
The fraud is perpetuated by scammers telling the recipients to cash the check, wire the majority to back to the scammers and keep the rest as “payment” for their mystery shopping work.
Checks that have been reported so far contain serial numbers starting with 750xxx or 751xxx with varying amounts (e.g. $1,994, $2,742, $2,892), and bearing the forged signature of the credit union’s interim CEO, Eric Renaud.
An additional scam uses Craigslist that involves the victim texting to confirm the “payment” was received, and instructions on wiring back the excess funds.
The Pima County Sheriff's Department also is investigating the fraud. Anyone who suspects they may have received a scam check should contact the credit union at (520) 887-5010.