Columbus County warns of secret shopper scam

(Photo: Columbus Co. Sheriff's Office)

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office is warning of a scam, after one of their employees was targeted.

According to a post on the sheriff’s office Facebook page, the employee received anĀ  authentic looking check by priority mail with a letter advising them to deposit the check into their account.

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Then, the letter tells them to ‘evaluate’ two local Walmart stores by purchasing two prepaid credit cards from both locations, and sending the card numbers to a specific phone number or email.

The sheriff’s office said it’s a scam. If you deposit the check in your account it would bounce and you would be out of $2470.15.

The sheriff’s office asks that you discuss this scam with your elderly family members.