Fairfield woman loses $1,500 to car wrap scam
FAIRFIELD, Iowa —
A Fairfield woman trying to make some extra cash last week ended up losing out on $1,500.
Fairfield investigators are now warning residents about the scam that took her money.
Officer Robert Barker said the scammers emailed this woman, claiming to be with Budweiser.
They offered to pay $400 a week if she posted a Budweiser sticker on her car.
When she agreed, they sent her a fake check in the mail for $1,900. Then the scammers asked her to send $1,500 of that back so they could pay for the car wrap.
The fraudulent check bounced a few days later, and the victim was liable for the money she sent.
Barker recommends deleting any email that offers to pay you money.
"If you receive any type of email that says you're going to gain financially, it's probably a scam,” Barker said. “Especially if it's from someone you don't know."
Chief David Thomas said with any scam, it's difficult to track down the person responsible, because often times, they're not even living in the United States.
He added that the Fairfield Police Department has passed last week's report on to the federal government.