Scam alert

Purcell Police are investigating a new scam involving a letter and a check being delivered via a United States Postal Service Flat Rate Envelope.

Purcell Police are investigating an aggressive scam that involves a woman in Purcell getting a detailed letter from Walmart and a $2,650 check giving her instructions for their project.

Figuring it was a scam she did nothing. Three days later she received a text message on her cell phone making sure received the mail.

That’s when she contacted Purcell Police who have been investigating ever since the incident earlier this month.

In the USPS mailer was the fraudulent letter and fraudulent check.

The victim was instructed to go to the nearest Walmart, do the “secret shopping” and then return a large portion of the deposited check back to the company as money orders.

The letter further stated if this was not completed a “Task Force Team” would come to her house to collect the check.

The check was drawn on a commercial bank out of Detroit, MI.

The check had the correct routing number, according to investigating officer Lt. Kevin Austin of the Purcell Criminal Investigation Division.

When Austin called the company it was written on they immediately knew what he was calling about.

“If you receive mail from a company you did not contact, immediately bring the information to us,” Austin said.

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