Counterfeit check scam targets Arkansans

Arkansas officials are warning locals of a counterfeit check scam. (MGN Photo)

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DF&A) is warning residents of a counterfeit check scam alleging to be from the State of Arkansas.

The check is accompanied by a letter or email stating its a payment for advertising to be placed on residents' vehicles for the “Amazon Online Store” or another retailer.

Instructions in the letter say to deposit the check, keeping $500 of it and wiring the remainder to a specific account in order to receive the ads.

The Federal Trade Commission explains: "If you were to deposit the check and wire the money, your bank would soon learn that the check was a fake. And you’re out the money because the money you wired can’t be retrieved, and you’re responsible for the checks you deposit even though you don’t know they’re fake."

Law enforcement agencies have been alerted to the checks.

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