Check scam targeting Covington residents - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Justin Hanson

Check scam targeting Covington residents

Covington police say a check mailing scam is targeting Tipton County residents.

Lt Allen Wilson with the Covington Police Department says, "Its called TSB Financial Services and it's a Sweepstakes of America drawing that they're sending out these checks to citizens to cash their checks...they are all bogus checks."

The letter directed recipients to call a claims agent to collect their winnings.

Ann Griffin got a letter from TSB but became suspicious when claims agent Steve Jordan asked her for money.

"So when I called him I couldn't understand him at first and I finally understood, he said when you get back from the bank, you call me and then he hung up," Griffin said.

Griffin said Jordan asked her to deposit the check then send him the full amount for a non-resident government service tax.

Police say this tax doesn't exist.  

When Action News 5 called Steve Jordan, he didn't want our conversation recorded.

When he asked what we wanted, he hung up the phone.

Police say its important to remember three, never give your personal information over the telephone; two, if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is, and three, if you get one of these so called scams in the mail, do some research yourself."

Police say if you ever deposit a fraudulent check, you're responsible for the lost money.

Action News 5 called the Canadian Better Business Bureau.  They say TSB is not a member and the telephone and city listed on the letter isn't in the province of Newfoundland.  

If you get a phone call, letter or e-mail saying you've won something, call police immediately.

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