fake money order

A bogus money order similar to this one was recently taken into the local Wal-Mart in an attempt to be cashed. The person attempting to cash the forged instrument was arrested.

An area woman was arrested July 14 after she allegedly took a fake $950 money order to the local Wal-Mart and attempted to cash it, said Morehead Police Detective Dave Sexton.

Elsie Spencer was taken into custody and charged with second-degree possession of a forged instrument.

Police are advising people not to cash any bogus money orders they may have received.

Sexton said the “419 Scam” is part of a rip-off where the counterfeit money orders are being sent to various people in the United States from Nigeria.

“Some people are getting them in the mail, some are money orders and others are cashier checks or company checks,” Sexton commented. “We just want everyone to know that nothing is free and if it sounds too good then it’s not legal.”

Sexton said the scam instructs people to cash the money orders or checks and then send a remainder of the money back to the sender.

“Just to have one of these in your possession is a violation of the law,” Sexton advised. “We suggest that people get rid of them and they can call us so we can check it out. Just do not accept any money coming from a foreign country unless you are expecting it.”

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