Attorney General Warns Consumers To Avoid Cashing Bogus Checks - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/11/08

Attorney General Warns Consumers To Avoid Cashing Bogus Checks

The Office of the Attorney General has learned about a new scam involving fake checks that resemble consumer refund checks issued under the OAG's settlement with EMO Corp.

Mock checks and letters bearing the unrelated company names EMO Network Financial and EMO Logistics Marketing are promising sweepstakes winnings or secret shopper income opportunities. When the mock checks are not honored by the bank printed on the document face, the amounts cashed from these checks then are deducted from the recipients' bank accounts.

We urge consumers who receive these checks in the mail to contact the Office of the Attorney General or the U.S. Postal Service. Recipients should not cash or deposit these checks, or send money as directed by some of the accompanying correspondence.

The checks bear an EMO settlement administrator's account from Comerica Bank. These mock checks have been used in connection with a sweepstakes scheme, falsely informing recipients that they won $86,000. Recipients were told to send $2,860 in cash, which is covered by the enclosed check, to claim their prizes.

Similar checks also have been distributed with letters notifying recipients they were selected to be "secret shoppers." These recipients, who are instructed to wire $2,486 to a "training agent," receive a mock check for $2,890 that purports to cover the training cost.

Under the state's EMO Corp. settlement, legitimate checks were written to return a portion of the funds lost by EMO Corp. account holders. EMO Corp. was an unlicensed online money services business that was placed into receivership by the state of Texas in March 2006. The account is subject to the court orders entered in the case numbered D-1-GV-06-000341 and styled State of Texas v. EMO Corp., et al. in the 201st District Court of Travis County.

Consumers who have received such checks may contact the Office of the Texas Attorney General at (800) 252-8011.

The Better Business Bureau
For more information on consumer guidance, business guidance, dispute resolution, and consumer news and alerts; click here to goto the Better Business Bureau's web site.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Back home after foreign trip, Trump faces slew of challenges

    Back home after foreign trip, Trump faces slew of challenges

    Sunday, May 28 2017 2:36 AM EDT2017-05-28 06:36:10 GMT
    Sunday, May 28 2017 4:24 AM EDT2017-05-28 08:24:59 GMT

    Trump faces a slew of political and policy challenges at home and intensifying inquiries into allegations his campaign had contacts with Russian officials before he entered the White House.

    Trump faces a slew of political and policy challenges at home and intensifying inquiries into allegations his campaign had contacts with Russian officials before he entered the White House.

  • Trump makes G-7 deal on trade, takes rain check on climate

    Trump makes G-7 deal on trade, takes rain check on climate

    Sunday, May 28 2017 1:56 AM EDT2017-05-28 05:56:36 GMT
    Sunday, May 28 2017 4:12 AM EDT2017-05-28 08:12:58 GMT

    A source at the Group of Seven summit says the seven wealthy democracies have reached a deal to give the Trump administration time to tell them whether the United States plans to stay in the Paris climate agreement.

    A source at the Group of Seven summit says the seven wealthy democracies have reached a deal to give the Trump administration time to tell them whether the United States plans to stay in the Paris climate agreement.

  • Trump's trip: Conventional images and unconventional talk

    Trump's trip: Conventional images and unconventional talk

    Sunday, May 28 2017 1:55 AM EDT2017-05-28 05:55:56 GMT
    Sunday, May 28 2017 4:11 AM EDT2017-05-28 08:11:16 GMT

    President Donald Trump will return to Washington having rattled some allies and reassured others, but his White House still sits under a cloud of scandal.

    President Donald Trump will return to Washington having rattled some allies and reassured others, but his White House still sits under a cloud of scandal.

Powered by Frankly