Hot Check Phone Scam
POSTED: Friday, April 1, 2011 - 12:11pm
UPDATED: Monday, July 18, 2011 - 7:06pm
"She gave the number 877-509-3180 I called the County Check Division and said your not on record for a hot check"
This is Moe Canales from Harlingen. He says he got a call from a Caroline Foster from a private number saying she was with a private locating service and that he violated the Texas Penal Code and said she was going to issue a summons for writing a hot check.
"I know something's wrong she gave me a number 1-877-509-3180 when I called they told me I had a balance of $1,200 and said right away give me your bank account number and checking number. I said give me proof."
Canales says the caller refused to give him a fax of the paper work or an address of the company, but the calls didn't stop after the first one they called Canales again this time at work.
"Stop me at work my supervisors do not like it and she said I have a summons for you, I am going to come to work and give you a summons, after this workI said I am going to the Attorney General, I am going to file a complaint and right away I was talking over her and said she would seize all calls."
Canales said when he contacted the Cameron County Hot Check Department and they told him had not have any hot checks Canales told them he recieved a call from a 800 number saying he did. The department says many people have been coming to them with the same problem.
"The courthouse says it's all a scam and for me to make a police report maybe contact the FBI as well, because they say they people going to them and say them have been threatened."
Canales wants to let the public know about this scam so people do not give their bank account numbers to the wrong people.