CHECK SCAM: Metro Craigslist Ad A Con

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A scam is taking advantage of people looking to earn extra cash over the holidays.

Scam artists know money can be tight for many families this time of year and Wednesday a Des Moines woman nearly became their newest victim.

Sherry Kepner answered a Craigslist ad for help wanted, last week. The employer promised to pay $400-per week for work as a packager and labeler.

Sherry never met the employer.

Through a series of emails, she was eventually asked to cash a check. She was told to take $400 as her payment, to purchase some art supplies and send the rest of the money to a woman in New York.

The check arrived at Sherry`s house on Wednesday in the amount of $3,450.

Sherry says a wise friend advised her not to cash it.

She investigated and found the bank and the company it`s written from are real. But the check itself is phony.

“I still don`t know if this woman in New York is aware that this is happening, that I have access to her bank account, her routing number, this is who I’m supposed to transfer the money to,” Sherry says.

Sherry says she plans to report the scam to the Iowa attorney general`s office.

Officials with the attorney general‘s Consumer Protection Division say this is an old scam that keeps popping up in different forms.

They also advise you never to answer a Craigslist ad for a job as a mystery shopper or secret shopper because that, too, is likely a scam.

The attorney general’s Consumer Protection Division can save you from being ripped off. You can find out more about how they can help by clicking here.


  • MaryCannon Derisory Apodaca

    Say WHAT….. ????

    “Sherry says she plans to report the scam to the Iowa attorney general`s office.”

    Seriously… this story is appearing online before she bothered to call the AG? WHY? The FIRST thing should have been a call to the AG…

  • MaryCannon Derisory Apodaca

    Air time? Seriously… FIRST the AG… And THEN you let the AG’s office KNOW you are going public with the story… Maybe this is something that is under investigation and going public may NOT be the wise thing to do.
    What is it … people NEEDING their 15 minutes????

  • Troy Hendrickson

    Actually if you call the attorney generals’s office about it, they will simply send you to the voicemail of their consumer protection division investigator, who may or may not call you back within a couple of days, ask questions and that’s about it.

    At least this way the information went out to the public faster.

    • MaryCannon Derisory Apodaca

      Troy… Thnx for the REALITY CHECK. Taxpayer dollars hard at work once again. SO…. it sounds like the only way to bring attention to the wrongs in our lives and of government and society is to get media involved. A very sad state of affairs. Why do we even have an AG?
      Yes a question mark followed my last sentence, but it wasn’t intended as a question to you or anyone else… simply wondering in my own mind…. Thnx Troy… And Thank You for the civil way in which you responded to me.

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