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Police warning of ‘secret shopper’ scam targeting Oklahoma families

OKLAHOMA CITY -The holiday season is in full swing, and many Oklahomans have a long list of presents to get before Christmas Day.

However, detectives with the Oklahoma City Police Department are warning residents about a scam that is too good to be true.

Recently, several local residents have fallen victim to a popular ‘secret shopper’ scam.

On Dec. 4, officers were called after a man said that he received an email about being a secret shopper. The victim says he received a package in the mail with a check for $1,950 and instructions to deposit the check, withdraw $490 and use the rest to shop at two Moneygram locations.

According to the police report, the victim deposited the check into his bank account but learned that the check bounced before he could withdraw the money. Fortunately, investigators say the victim only lost $12 for the returned check fee.

The same day, a woman called officers and said that she was looking for a job online and found an ad for a secret shopper. After signing up, the woman said she received a check for $1,976. She was told to keep $300 and spend the rest at certain locations.

According to the police report, the woman said she had a ‘funny feeling’ about the check and called her bank. At that point, she found out the check was fraudulent.

Officials are warning residents to not share personal banking information with anyone, and to not accept a check for more than you were expecting.