Minot Police see return of 'money order' scams

MINOT, N.D. – Minot Police investigators are warning consumers to be aware about an uptick in a group of so-called ‘money order’ scams.

In one variation, the scammers place ads in the paper or online offering employment for elder care. The scam comes in when they send the victim an advance on their pay in the form of fake checks or money orders, and order the victim to wire some of the money to a third party.

By the time the bank finds out the documents are fake, the perpetrator has fled the country.

Another variation is the "secret shopper" scam, where the scammer sends the victim money to go shopping and orders them to wire some of the money to a third party.

Minot Police advises consumers to be extra cautious when responding to classified ads and sharing personal information, and to avoid cashing money in excess of agreed amounts.