Scammers Pose as Local Nonprofit, Target Online Dealers

March 15, 2013

DENVER – According to the Colorado Roofing Association (CRA), a nonprofit trade association, it has victimized by a check scam that is fraudulently using its name and targets people who sell items on sites like Craigslist. The check appears to be from the CRA and indicates it is payment for an item bought online, but the amount of the check is more than the amount owed.

This kind of mail fraud is called an “overpayment check scam” in which the scammer asks the recipient to cash the check and wire transfer the overpayment amount back to him or her. The check ends up being counterfeit and once the victim’s financial institution discovers this, the victim owes the entire amount and can’t get the money they wired back.

“The Colorado Roofing Association has no connection with this scheme” said Dan Zahtila, president of the CRA. “We are concerned that consumers are being scammed and are making every effort to inform the public of this fraudulent activity.”

The CRA said check recipients from all over the nation have been calling to ask why the CRA has sent them a check. Some who were targeted are Colorado residents.

The BBB warns of the following red flags of check scams:

  • You are told you have won a lottery or received a grant you didn’t apply for.
  • A check is sent to you but it is written for more than what is owed.
  • The name on the check does not match the name of the company or individual you are supposedly dealing with.
  • The sender is from a foreign country.
  • You are given instructions to deposit the check into your account and promptly wire part of those funds back to the sender or someone else.
  • You are sent a check for a mystery shopping opportunity.

If you suspect you have been targeted in a mail scam, file a complaint with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service:

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