International Con Artists Targeting Texomans With Overpayment Scam

International con artists are targeting Texomans again.

This time, they're working what's called an overpayment scam.

Newschannel 6 Lindsey Rogers talked with one woman who spotted the red flags.

But, if you use services like classifieds, EBay or Craig's list, you need to hear this before it's too late.

Linda Jackson owns several rental properties in Wichita Falls.

She recently listed two of them on Craig's list.

Soon after, she was contacted by not one but, two con artists.

One claimed he was in London and offered to send her a cashier's check with a deposit, first month's rent and extra money for some rental furniture.  In this case, the check was fake and the furniture rental company was part of the scam.

"The con artists are trying to get you to accept more than the purchased price and they're paying with a fraudulent check and you are instructed to send the difference," North Central Texas BBB President Monica Horton said.

Horton said it's hard to tell if the checks are fake. But, that you should never wire money to an unknown person.

Mrs. Jackson was lucky and thanks to her suspicions, Figured out the offers were a scam and contacted the BBB.

"I think they think we're awfully stupid in the U.S. to be able to allow them to get away with something that idiotic," Jackson said.

But, even if you don't have access to the Internet or post any listings online you still need to be aware of scammers.

"The classified folks are doing you a service and posting classifieds for you online so just because you're not doing business on the Internet or access doesn't mean you're immune from being contacted by con artists," Horton said.

Although Mrs. Jackson's first experience using Craig's List wasn't the best, she said it won't necessarily stop her from trying the service again.

"I'll definitely be more aware and more cautious of what I was this time even though I didn't loose anything," Jackson said.

Every year $3-5 million in fake checks are mailed to our area.

The BBB recommends using a credit card to make purchases, and if you're buying something to check out the seller before entering personal information.

You can always contact the BBB with any other concerns.

Lindsey Rogers, Newschannel 6