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Woman Arrested in ‘Nigerian Scam’

 

Updated: Thursday, 29 Oct 2009, 12:22 PM CDT
Published : Thursday, 29 Oct 2009, 12:12 PM CDT
HOUSTON – The Houston Police Department says it has put an end to an international counterfeit check operation.
The crime began when a woman who lived in northwest Harris County posted a resume online. Police say that was all some Nigerian scam artists needed to reel her right in.
Investigators say the Nigerians hired Margaret Montogomery to work from home and all she had to do was receive boxes of blank checks and then fill them out before sending them to people on a list provided to her.
Police say the checks were fake and would be filled out for more than the victim was owed.
When the victims pointed this out to the Nigerians, the scam artists told them to deposit it anyway and send them the difference.
Police say that Montgomery sent out at least $1.5 million in checks this way and probably knew that she was involved in a scam.
The Houston Police Department say the arrests are a reminder that if something sounds to good to be true, it probably is and that includes some job offers.
Police believe that Montgomery was innocent initially, but would go on to participate in this scam for a year.
As of Wednesday night, Montgomery remained in jail.

Updated: Thursday, 29 Oct 2009, 12:22 PM CDTPublished : Thursday, 29 Oct 2009, 12:12 PM CDT
HOUSTON – The Houston Police Department says it has put an end to an international counterfeit check operation.
The crime began when a woman who lived in northwest Harris County posted a resume online. Police say that was all some Nigerian scam artists needed to reel her right in.
Investigators say the Nigerians hired Margaret Montogomery to work from home and all she had to do was receive boxes of blank checks and then fill them out before sending them to people on a list provided to her.
Police say the checks were fake and would be filled out for more than the victim was owed.
When the victims pointed this out to the Nigerians, the scam artists told them to deposit it anyway and send them the difference.
Police say that Montgomery sent out at least $1.5 million in checks this way and probably knew that she was involved in a scam.
The Houston Police Department say the arrests are a reminder that if something sounds to good to be true, it probably is and that includes some job offers.
Police believe that Montgomery was innocent initially, but would go on to participate in this scam for a year.
As of Wednesday night, Montgomery remained in jail.
http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/news/local/091029_margaret_montgomery_nigerian_scam_arrest

 

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October 31, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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