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October 15, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Craigslist users, Green River college targeted in check scam

Auburn Police are investigating a case of check fraud that involved Green River Community College and nearly 40 people around the country who were selling items on Craigslist.

The scammers used Green River’s international wire account number, which is provided to international students to transfer tuition payments by wire, according to Katie Rose, assistant director of public information for the college. Using the account number and Green River’s name, the scammers produced fraudulent checks and sent them to people around the country who were running ads on Craigslist, overpaying for the item being sold by $100. The people who received the checks were instructed to cash the check, keep the amount for the product plus $100 for their trouble, and then wire the balance to the sender, Rose said in an email.

Rose said nobody was able to cash the checks because the account number is not a checking-account number.

“We received about 30 calls on Thursday, about six on Friday and two so far today from around the country,” Rose wrote. “Some of the callers believed Green River was purchasing their item and that the college sent them a ‘bad check.'”

Rose said Green River does not use Craigslist to purchase anything. “We are not happy a scammer took our account information and used it to scam innocent people,” she said.

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