Heartland Woman Dodges Check Scam


Investigators will be taking a look at an apparent scam that nearly hooked a heartland woman.

Laura Gomez works as a translator. She’s listed online as a certified interpreter. A man contacted her by email to translate a 14-page paper from English to Spanish.

“I thought he was a college student and he just wanted his term paper to be translated,” Laura said.

The con man instructed Laura to take her $500 fee from a $2,500 check he said he accidently sent her then wire the rest to someone else, providing his phone number, “and I realized he's just wanting to empty my bank account,” Laura said.

Using a blocked number, the con man returned a call from Fact Finders.

We asked, “So, she needs to wire you that extra money?”

He said, “Yes.”

We asked if the check he had sent was good. He hung up.

Though likely just part of a scam, the topic of the paper to be translated was terrorism.

Laura said, “I kind of worry about that topic now thinking oh, my gosh, why was I translating this?”

Laura did not cash the check. She did save a copy of the paper she'll send over to us postal inspectors along with the check for further investigation.


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