The Better Business Bureau is issuing a warning to be on the lookout for fraudulent checks. Two local companies have had their bank accounts hijacked by a fake check ring operating out of Canada. LCS Production Research and Fehr Foods both began receiving calls from around the country about checks written on their accounts.
These checks written on LCS Production Research and Fehr Foods accounts were mailed from Canada to locations all over the US. They contained almost identical cover letters notifying the recipient they were selected to participate in a paid consumer research program in their area to be a Mystery Shopper. The letter instructed the intended victims to evaluate the effectiveness of the Western Union or MoneyGram payment system among other duties. The enclosed counterfeit check was to cover a $3,330 cash transfer plus 3 hours of probationary training pay of $100 per hour.
The BBB is advising any one that has received one of these checks to exercise extreme caution. The BBB is advising businesses to consider using an extra level of security such as positive pay or other similar services through their bank.