Channel 2 Action News uncovered a new approach scammers are taking in a familiar scheme to try and steal your money. A viewer says he was mailed a realistic-looking check in the amount of $3,788.50, but something was off.
Lithonia resident Devonte Thomas showed Channel 2's Matt Belanger the nearly $3,800 check and letter that came with it.
Both the check and letter look like they're from Comcast with a PO Box in Norcross as a return address.
"I opened it up and it said Comcast and I was like, OK, I don't have cable under my name," Thomas said.
The letter claims Thomas was selected to be a secret shopper. It instructs him to buy $3,000 in pre-paid Visa cards from different retailers to allegedly test their customer service, and says he can keep the remaining $800 as payment.
Experts say this fake check is not a new scam, but the use of a recognizable name like Comcast is new.
"People trust these names, so when they get something most people aren't going to ask too many questions," Thomas said.
A Comcast representative confirmed the check is fake, and said it's the first time the company's name has been used in this way.
Comcast's official response reads in part:
"Despite the fact that this marketing piece was designed to appear like a Comcast mailer, it is completely fraudulent. We continue to carefully monitor our customer interactions to ensure there are no further instances of this occurring."
Another red flag is the high pressure for the recipient to act quickly, and warnings not to talk with others.
Thomas says when he realized it was a scam he contacted us to warn others. He also has plans to give the check and letter to DeKalb County police to investigate.