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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