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Police warn of check scam

Public safety — At least two may be victims of a monetary scam involving a Newberg property management company

Police officials are warning of a scam targeting people responding to an online ad.

In the past week the Newberg-Dundee Police Department has registered two complaints regarding a posting for a job on an unidentified job website. The post emanates from a business called Integrity Plus Property Management and seeks a personal assistant.

The ad further says that to be considered for the job the “potential employees must agree to deposit a check for them in the amount of $2,725 using the employee’s bank account and then send the cash back to the employer,” according to a release from the NDPD.

One of the victims used a Money Gram to send cash to the alleged scammers.

“At least one of the victims stated she sent money to two separate Wal-Marts (in) New Jersey and Alabama,” said NDPD Capt. Jeff Kosmicki. “Most likely this money was sent out of the country, but I don’t know that for sure. That’s what the victim was told.”

NDPD officers are continuing to investigate the case, Kosmicki said, adding that the department wants to advise people to beware of these fraudulent scams and remind them to “never send money to people or businesses you don’t personal know (or) trust.”

If apprehended, the scammers could face first-degree theft and computer crimes charges, Kosmicki added.

While there is a business identified as Integrity Plus Property Management, located at 113 E. Hancock St., Kosmicki said calls to the business are patched through to a Google Voice account, “Which can be any number.”

“These usually lead out of the country, but we will keep an open mind,” he concluded.


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